Viking Line has appointed Dani Lindberg as the group’s new sustainability manager. Viking Line is committed to the development of sustainable maritime transport – based on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals – on the Baltic Sea, where it has operated for six decades.
Over the past decade, the company has actively supported research and sustainability projects for preserving the sensitive marine environment. Viking Line has received various awards for its ‘climate-smart’ vessel Viking Grace, which came into service in 2013. In 2021, the company will introduce a new vessel, Viking Glory, which will be 10% more efficient than Viking Grace.
Viking Glory will be the first vessel in the world to be equipped with steam turbines from the Swedish cleantech company Climeon. Waste heat from the gases produced in the engines’ combustion process is captured and in the next phase used to generate electricity using Climeon’s Heat Power modules. This is estimated to supply up to 40% of the electricity needed for passenger functions and is expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by about 4,000 tonnes a year.
“Viking Line was founded and is owned by people from Åland who live and work by the sea,” said Johanna Boijer-Svahnström, senior vice president of corporate communications at Viking Line. “So it is a natural part of the company’s DNA to drive the trend towards more sustainable maritime transport in order to protect the sensitive Baltic Sea environment. We are pleased to now have an ambitious sustainability manager who can further develop our environmental and sustainability work and make it more concrete, based on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.”
Lindberg has been employed at Viking Line since 2008 and has successfully headed a number of cross-functional projects as well as the implementation of the group’s procurement policy and data protection framework in line with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
“It is an exciting and urgent task to be involved in setting the tone for Viking Line’s sustainability work,” said Lindberg. “As a major player in transport, travel and experiences, the company can actually make a difference, and there are many opportunities. We are already well on our way to achieving the International Maritime Organization’s emissions target of reducing emissions from maritime transport 50% by 2050. But it is important to remember that it is not just a question of fuel; we are looking under every rock and reviewing almost every aspect of our operations, from eco-driving and technological innovations to procurement policies and restaurant operations.”
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