Konecranes commits to mitigate climate change

To supply Container Terminal St. Petersburg 2 STS cranes

Konecranes yesterday announced that it has signed the commitment letter for the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) and will define new climate targets for its operations in the coming months, reinforcing its commitment to cut emissions, further develop its low-carbon portfolio and mitigate climate risks.

Limiting global warming requires the decarbonization of all industry sectors. By committing to science-based targets, Konecranes is stepping up efforts to reduce its climate impact. The company is already charting the full carbon footprint from its own operations and supply chain as well as from the solutions it provides for its customers.

“At Konecranes we have continually challenged ourselves over the past years to find innovative ways to reduce our carbon footprint, and based on that work we are now ready to reduce our climate impact even further,” said Konecranes President and CEO Rob Smith.

“By committing to the SBTi we are agreeing to establish targets that are science-based and binding, not only for Konecranes but for our supply chain partners and our products. This is a level of ambition that will drive and inspire us as a company,” Smith said.

The SBTi is a global initiative that directly links a company’s carbon emission targets to the Paris Agreement in order to keep the rise in global temperature below 1.5°C. It supports companies in establishing greenhouse gas reduction targets based on the latest climate science and the goals of the Paris Agreement. Konecranes’ new science-based targets that will be set next year will be validated by the SBTi.
Climate action and resource efficiency is one of the five cornerstones of Konecranes’ sustainability work. In addition, we focus on sustainable offering and circularity; a safe workplace and products; a diverse, inclusive and engaging workplace; and responsible business conduct. Earlier this month, Konecranes received recognition for its ambitious climate work, earning an A- rating in the CDP’s climate program and a Leadership ranking.

In another development, Konecranes has disclosed that Container Terminal St. Petersburg (CTSP) has ordered two Konecranes Ship-to-Shore cranes, continuing a relationship that dates back to 2008.

According to Konecranes, when the new cranes are in service, CTSP will operate a fleet of 6 Konecranes STSs and 24 Konecranes RTGs. The order was booked in December 2020.

CTSP will receive the cranes in Q1-Q2 of 2022. They will have the size and outreach to handle container ships with 16 container rows across.

Mr Aleksandr Scherbinin, Managing Director of CTSP said: “We have been using Konecranes container cranes for a long time, and we have always been satisfied with the crane performance, backed up by excellent local service. When it came time to select new STSs, our choice was relatively easy.”

“Given the harsh winters that St. Petersburg experiences, the cranes will be specially designed for operation down to -40C. They will have power chains instead of festoons for high-speed operation, greater reliability, and easier maintenance. The main girder will have a field-proven trapezoidal shape, making it lighter while preserving rigidity. The cranes will also have the Konecranes boom collision prevention system,” said Konecranes.

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