The Åland-based shipping company Viking Line claims to be a pioneer in developing climate-smart maritime transport in the Baltic based on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
To drive and quality-assure this sustainability work, Dani Lindberg (pictured) has been appointed the Group’s new sustainability manager.
Viking Line has been operating on the Baltic Sea for 60 years. Over the past decade, the shipping company has actively supported research and sustainability projects for preserving the marine environment. For example, next year, the company will introduce a new vessel, ‘Viking Glory’, which will be 10% more efficient than ‘Viking Grace’ introduced in 2013.
“Viking Line was founded and is owned by people from Åland who live and work by the sea. 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,” said Johanna Boijer-Svahnström, Viking Line’s senior vice president of corporate communications.
Lindberg has been employed at Viking Line since 2008 and has successfully headed a number of cross-functional projects, as well as 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. 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 IMO’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,” Lindberg said.