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Carbon Footprint Assessment.

Pioneering CO2 Emissions Transparency

 

Carbon Footprint Assessment

While most fender manufacturers make broad sustainability claims – if any, product specific CO2 emission details per order have remained elusive. Many initiatives like solar panels on facilities contribute to reduce emissions; while this is certainly a step in the right direction, it leaves customers uninformed about the specific figures of CO2 emissions related to these initiatives.

The ShibataFenderTeam Group is breaking the mold. We are the first in the industry to be in the position to provide product specific figures on CO2 emissions for each order of engineered fender systems upon request – with our new Carbon Footprint Assessment.

How can SFT do that?

The reason is simple yet important. While others rely on pre-mixed rubber compounds and have no control over the consistency, ingredients and quality, ShibataFenderTeam operates a fully owned compounding and mixing process, maintaining complete control over each component from cradle to gate.

This assessment tool is based on ISO 14067:2018 and has been developed by the independent consultancy company Ramboll, exclusively for SFT. The assessment provides GHG emissions per individual order. The tool is based on sourcing, manufacturing and distribution (cradle-to-gate) of the ordered SFT product. Resulting emission factors are based on the product’s components, their energy consumption and transport of raw material, intermediate and final product.

 

From now on, SFT clients are fully aware of their carbon footprint – and more important: how to reduce it. SFT offers a “green solution” to their established products, with various alternative components (such as bluemint® steel by Thyssenkrupp, post-industry plastics and recycled carbon black) which offer the same high quality but ensure less GHG emissions; and our clients can immediately see their CO2 savings.

 

Placing a focus on the components of a fender system is one part of SFT’s carbon reduction initiatives, next to Design, Distribution and Maintenance.

 

"Transparency and accountability are vital" states Jan-Christoph Schoeler, Board Member at SFT. "When a customer places an order with us, we believe they have a right to know the environmental cost associated with that order, and how they might reduce it.

Lifetime analysis and maintenance

The assessment tool even takes a lifetime analysis into account and the corresponding impact of GHG emissions per year of lifetime. By implementing a proper maintenance scheme, the lifetime of a fender system could be extended by 100% (if e.g. an expected lifetime of 10 years can become 20 years with an adequate maintenance in place). This reduces the environmental impact and highlights the vital role the user has in achieving CO2 reduction in a full cradle-to-grave lifecycle.

Our clients aren't just hearing about sustainability or reading it in mandatory reportings – with SFT, they are seeing it quantified. We believe in empowering our customers with knowledge, enabling them to make greener choices.

Join us in ushering in a new era of transparency and sustainable decision-making.

Request your Carbon Footprint Assessment with your next order, and get in touch with our fender experts in receiving a quotation for your individual “green” solution.

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