08 June 2020
How James Fisher and Sons plc is supporting World Oceans Day
With a reported eight million metric tonnes of plastic entering the oceans per year, along with an estimated 150 million tonnes circulating the marine environments, James Fisher and Sons plc is committed as a business to actively reducing plastic pollution. Across the group, we continue to work towards our sustainability objectives surrounding the different markets in which we operate, and want to highlight some of the ways our group companies are pulling together to reduce their environmental impact on the world’s oceans.
Sponsoring the Big Blue Ocean Cleanup and becoming a plastic bottle-free zone
James Fisher Marine Services (JFMS) continues to help promote clean and healthy oceans through its sponsorship with the Big Blue Ocean Cleanup organisation. JFMS had previously scheduled to host a litter pickup day in each of the local areas for World Oceans Day, however given the circumstances of COVID-19 this has been postponed until a later date.
JFMS has also made the switch to metal bottles to reduce its plastic waste. With the aim of limiting the use of plastic on offshore wind farms, JFMS made the decision to provide staff with 1800ml steel water bottles as a sustainable alternative.
Reducing our carbon footprint
Coral reefs in all 29 reef-containing World Heritage sites will cease to exist by the end of this century if the world’s CO2 emissions continue at their current level, according to UNESCO. Recognising the impact of climate change on global sea temperatures, in 2018 James Fisher and Sons launched a range of initiatives within the group to minimise our carbon footprint. As a result, our CO2 output from fuel combustion in vessels decreased by 5.3% from 2018 to 2019, while emissions from powering facilities were reduced by 5.26% across the group.
Cleaning up Britain’s beaches
James Fisher employees regularly volunteer for local charities, and recently a team of volunteers collaborated with ScottishPower Renewables to clear litter from a popular Suffolk beach. Bags of rubbish along Kessingland beach were collected as part of the Marine Conservation Society’s beach cleaning and litter surveying programme, Beachwatch. The initiative formed part of a joint commitment to support regional community initiatives in conjunction with the development of the East Anglia ONE offshore windfarm – a large-scale project which involved numerous James Fisher group companies.
Looking to the future
If you would like to provide further support during #worldoceansday, you can join other organisations in helping to protect our oceans here.