CalMac cuts carbon as part of eco actions

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Ferry operator CalMac is on course to cut its carbon emissions by five per cent this year with the progress report being highlighted in the company’s new environmental strategy.

The strategy outlines the steps the company is taking to better protect the environment. The targets include to reduce carbon footprint by five per cent by the end of 2019 against a 2016 baseline and to reduce water consumption by 10 per cent by 2020, based on 2016 baseline.

The company also wants to deliver action-led biodiversity plans at half of CalMac sites by 2020 and to increase recycling rates by a minimum of 15 per cent by 2020 from 2017 baseline.

The reduction in carbon produced is mainly down to the use of fuel monitoring systems, increasing operational efficiency and by working with industry academics to deliver energy efficient vessels.

Reducing and eliminating waste is another cornerstone of CalMac’s environmental pledges. It is working to reduce single use plastics on board and is looking at introducing more efficient waste management systems to help reduce, reuse and recycle more effectively. This will be backed with a new programme designed with partners to raise awareness of the impact of marine litter.

CalMac environmental manager Klare Chamberlain said: ‘Delivering this strategy was a key part of our winning bid for the Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Service contract. We wanted to set achievable objectives that would really make a difference to protecting and enhancing the environment in which we operate.

‘Environmental issues are now at the forefront of CalMac thinking across the business, and we are confident we will achieve our initial targets by 2020 taking us a step closer to becoming a green leader within the industry.’