19. SUSTAINABLE MARITIME INDUSTRY 90 19. Sustainable maritime industry Sustainable maritime industry defines the responsibility of the companies within the maritime industry to minimize undesirable impacts on the environment caused by their activities. This chapter describes materials and energy efficiency, waste management, soil, air and water protection, as well as chemicals. Our goal is to provide customers within the maritime industry with effective solutions relating to environmental issues as well as enhance the competitiveness among enterprises through minimizing production costs and developing new innovative energy efficient and environmentally friendly products. In the course of our business activities, we constantly raise the level of environmental concern and improve energy efficiency. Reducing negative environmental impacts caused by production processes in an essential part of the daily activities in the shipbuilding industry. It is a competitive advantage and is an integral part of the business and product overall quality. Nowadays, all companies are expected to meet basic environmental standards required by laws and regulations. Shipbuilding business requires an environmental permit. To ensure that all legal requirements are met and the conditions needed for the environmental permit are fulfilled, the company is expected to provide environmental monitoring and continuous improvement of own activities. While concern for the environment does not necessarily distinguish a company, failure to comply with environmental issues will definitely harm the company’s reputation. Sudden emissions and discharges into the environment depart from the norm. Deviations in quality usually increase environmental risks, cause additional costs and weaken a company’s image. Our businesses play a key role in environmental performance of our products throughout their life cycle. In addition to minmizing the harmful effects of manufacturing processes, we may also affect the environment positively with appropriate planning and procurement. Through rational use of energy and choosing environmentally friendly materials we create added value for our customers focused on environ- mental protection.
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