We shall continuously engage in our process of change and not wait for the revised rules and demands from the outside world. We shall understand the laws and regulations as a minimum for our activities.
Responsibility for staff
An active environmental work can not be operated without an active personnel. The responsibility for the Environment work lies with the senior management but all staff have to contribute proposals for change. Any person with purchasing responsibility should work towards choosing environmentally friendly products.
Environmental survey / Concrete targets
An internal inventory of environmentally sensitive products is to be made and goals should be available concerning how the company shall act in their environmental work.
Environmental management system designed according to the ISO 14001 standard will be introduced at all divisions who are not using the ISM Code.
All permanent employees will have participated in basic environmental education.
Energy consumption per unit area will not increase.
All electricity consumed is to be taken from renewable energy sources.
The consumption of petroleum fuel for full-time employees travelling on official business will decrease by 5%.
A travel policy for efficient, safe and environmentally friendly business travel should be established.
A system for monitoring the Stromma Groups transportwork will be developed.
The total quantity of waste per activity will be reduced by at least 10%.
Waste must be source separated.
Up to 40% of the total waste is to be deposited (deposited = not source separated).
Investigation to do all combustible waste recycled.
At least 25% of the organic waste is to be submitted to biological treatment (composting).
Charity and environmental engagement
Stromma Danmark supports World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in their work to preserve the biodiversity in the Baltic Sea. Through joined activities, the collaboration wants to increase the Danes knowledge and awareness of the Baltic Sea’s interesting nature and the daily challenges which threaten it.
The Baltic Sea is particular vulnerable to climate changes as well as the effects of overfishing, toxins in the water and other activities cause by people.
WWF fights to improve the ecological balance in the Baltic Sea by ensuring sustainable fishing, the creation of protected sea areas, and that the pollution in the Baltic Sea is prevented and fought more efficiently.
Canal Tours Copenhagen
Just as with all other means of transportation the running of tour boats also has it's effects on the environment. The boats run on fuel which emits CO2, NOx and sulphur particles into the amosphere when burnt. Waste water from the boats may polute the harbour and noise from the boats can be a nuisance - especially while docked.
Canal Tours Copenhagen main goal when it comes to environmental issues is to develop a business less dependent on fossil fuels and energy in general and to reduce the effect per passenger on the surroundings.
Emission of CO2
CO2 is the most common greenhouse gas and the amount emitted increases or decreases propotionally with the level of fossil fuels used. The most effective way of reducing the CO2 emission is therefore to reduce the amount of fossil fuel used per passenger.
Reduction of the use of fossil fuels
Our use of fossil fuels has been steadily increasing throughout the past decades but in 2004 a project to put an end to this development was launched. We changed procedure and introduced the full stop of all engines when our boats were docked or waiting for passengers at the different stops. In 2006 focus was on the current speed limits in the harbour and canals which we decided to reduce for our boats a year before this was done in general by the port authorities. By reducing the speed of the boats we have also reduced our use of fossil fuels by 25,9 tons or 16.5%. During the period between 2003 and 2006 the use of fuel per passenger was reduced by 27%.In 2008 we bought another covered boat, which is heated during the winter and this is the reason why our use of oil increased that year.
The sulphur content is reduced
The amount of sulphur particles which is emitted by ships' motors is dependent on the amount of fuel used and the content of sulphur. Canal Tours' boats run on sulphur-free fuel which puts minimal strain on the environment.
Canal Tours' boats are all fitted with tanks which gather any waste water generated onboard. The waste water is pumped ashore by our sewage treatment facility and is hereafter cleaned at the public waste water works.
The reduction of noise pollution
Canal Tours Copenhagen is playing an active part in reducing noise polution in the harbour of Copenhagen, which is a noise-sensitive area. Focus is mainly on technical improvements such as the sound-proofing of engines and the hydrolic systems. An effort is also made to reduce noise pollution by changing our daily routines. In the future noise pollution will be reduced in general since noise reduction is an important part of modern ship building as well as the convertion of existing ships into electric powering.
Focus on environmental policy
In 2009, Canal Tours Copenhagen was certified as a Climate+ front runner by the borough of Copenhagen. Vi also received a Climate+ award for our work on the convertion of our boats from being run on fossil fuel to green electricity.
Climate+ Front runner and Winner of the 2009 Climate+ Award
Canal Tours Copenhagen main aim is to influence the environment through the way in which the business is run. It is very important for us that the employees take part in the decision making, especially when it comes to decisions to do with our work environment and surroundings within which we have to work.
Canal Tours Copenhagen is not a particularly polluting business and today we only use a limited amount of dangerous chemicals and our aim is to replace all our diesel powered boats with equivalents run on electricity.