Wärtsilä supports Zer◦emission project in race against sea pollution
The technology company Wärtsilä will be donating one Seabin to the Zer°emission project. The Zer°emission team is sailing a modern TP52-class sailing boat in major racing events during 2019 and 2020. They will work with fourteen race host cities throughout the programme, striving to impact, influence, and change views on marine sustainability. Together, Wärtsilä and the Zer°emission team will work to inspire sailors, race fans, other organisations, and race host cities to join the quest for cleaner oceans. The joint goal is to raise awareness about sea pollution and offer a platform for discussion.
In 2017, Wärtsilä signed up – as the first big industrial company – to partner with the Seabin Project. The Seabin Project was created to address the global challenge that plastic and other waste is causing to the oceans of the world. Seabins are floating waste bins placed in the water along coastal areas to collect all floating rubbish. Since joining the initiative, Wärtsilä has donated 35 Seabins to various locations globally.
The Zer°emission team will participate in sailing race events in Sweden, Finland and Estonia during 2019. During their stay in these countries they will actively promote marine sustainability, both in the events and with the local media. The Wärtsilä donated Seabin will travel with the team. It will be used to clean the seawater around the marinas, and will be demonstrated to the race spectators. The crew will also organise and participate in waste cleaning initiatives, such as cleaning the marinas and coastal shores before the races.
Wärtsilä was founded 185 years ago, and for years has been acting for a cleaner environment by developing smart technologies. “Nurturing a clean environment is important to us, and it guides our day-to-day business and decision making. In addition to our own efforts, we are able to assert some influence over the environment and our oceans thanks to these special collaborative projects that we’re joining such as the Seabin Project and now Zer°emission. We see this kind of collaboration for the environment as the right – and only – way to enable sustainable societies,” explains Atte Palomäki, EVP Communications & Branding at Wärtsilä.