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One container ship, a giant power socket and three awards
Turning off the engine once in a while is just a drop in the ocean, or is it? Not quite. In fact, it’s an award-winning practice.
One conventional way of supplying a ship with power while it is loading and unloading cargo and passengers is to keep the engine running. It is also a recipe for creating a large amount of of greenhouse gas emissions, sulfuric, fine particles and noise. Another way is to use on shore power where the ship literally hooks up to a huge power socket in the harbour – saving energy, emissions and reducing noise. Siemens just received three prizes at the renowned RobecoSAM Sustainability Awards for its sustainability achievements. Choosing shore power supply as an example of Siemens’ Environmental Portfolio Technologies, the German TV news channel n-tv featured the so-called SIHARBOR technology that Siemens provided for the Lübeck harbour in a special film on the occasion of this year’s RobecoSAM Award Ceremony in Frankfurt. Siemens was again named the most sustainable company within its Sector “Diversified Industrials” and for the first time “Supersector Leader” across nine industries.
RobecoSAM, which specializes in sustainability investing and provides the rating for the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, gave Siemens its highest sustainability rating, naming the company RobecoSAM “Sector Leader” (best company in its industry), “Gold Class” (within 99% of Sector Leader Performance) and Sector Mover (best improvement in 2012). The underlying rating comprehensively covers all aspects of sustainability, from Corporate Governance, Risk Management, Compliance and Innovation to Climate Strategy, Environmental Management as well as Human Capital Development. The awards were accepted on June 20, 2013 by Barbara Kux, Member of the Managing Board and Chief Sustainability Officer.
"In the last five years, we have been able to fully achieve significant sustainability goals, and also improve our rating in the prestigious Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) year upon year. The distinction as Super Sector Leader 2012 from the DJSI means that we've been nominated as one of the world's most sustainable industrial companies across 9 industries for the first time – an extraordinary acknowledgement of Siemens and the collective achievement of all employees," Barbara Kux said in her speech.
SIHARBOR is just one example for Siemens innovations and an element of the Siemens Environmental Portfolio which generated € 33.2 bn. in revenue in 2012 and helped Siemens customers save energy cost and 332 million tons of CO2 emissions. The global demand for shore power supply systems is growing and so does the demand for green technologies in general. The green tech market amounts to €2 trillion today and is expected to double to €4.4 trillion by 2025.
Siemens Environmental Portfolio products and solutions, designed to help protect the environment and the climate, address this growing market. There are three main categories in the Environmental Portfolio:
|SIHABOR at a glance|
|The integrated and modular SIHARBOR system for shoreside power supply offers a perfectly aligned concept with components for medium-voltage shoreside power supply. Every ship has its individual power supply requirements. SIHARBOR offers the required flexibility as an integral part of the system. Thanks to the modular design of the system, any frequency combination of 50 Hz and 60 Hz can be realized in the supply system.|
|For the following reasons, this project is a perfect example for sustainability:|
|SIHARBOR is eco-friendly: It is possible to use electricity generated in power plants where generation is subject to stricter environmental protection standards. SIHARBOR results in 35 percent less carbon dioxide, about 97 percent less nitrogen oxides and 90 percent less particulate matter than does maritime diesel.|
|SIHARBOR saves costs: In the future, there will be a number of factors that will cause fuel costs to rise. Those will include rising prices for oil and oil-based products and stricter requirements with regard to the permissible sulfur content of a ship’s diesel fuel. That is why an onshore supply of electricity will often be the cheaper solution for ship owners.|
|SIHARBOR reduces noise pollution: An electrical connection eliminates the vibration and noise of on-board generators. That significantly increases the quality of life for passengers, crew and residents in the port area.|