Huisman intends to launch a Sustainable Impact Assessment to determine the carbon footprint of its products, from design up to and including delivery. The data will be used to provide insight into how the company can further reduce the CO2 footprint of its products.
The calculation method is independently verified and performed according to internationally recognised ISO standards. Huisman aims to include the Sustainable Impact Assessment in all quotations as of 2023.
Quantifying environmental impact
In order to quantify the environmental impact of its design and manufacturing process, Huisman has collected data from its international supplier base and production facilities. A highly detailed impact analysis of the materials and manufacturing process offers the company the opportunity to further adjust designs in order to reduce the carbon footprint.
Huisman‘s next step is to gain insight into the emissions produced by a product during the operational phase in order to add further value to future calculations.
‘Any company, but especially design-to-order organisations, have an environmental impact due to manufacturing activities,’ says Charlotte Roodenburg, Manager New Build Sales at Huisman. ‘Huisman aims to reduce this footprint as much as possible, both in its operations and in its products. The Sustainable Impact Assessment is just one of our sustainability initiatives. As a company recognised for its innovative solutions, we are working not only on reducing the negative impact of current solutions and markets, but also those of the future.’
The company also works to reduce the environmental footprint of its products by for exampl, electrification, improvement in energy management systems, as well as in the procurement supply chain. Huisman products are characterised by their lightweight design, electric drive system and long operational lifetime, factors which contribute to both a lower environmental footprint and cost-effectiveness for the owner.
Huisman has been a frontrunner in the electrification of heavy lift cranes to optimise energy efficiency. The first of its kind, built in 1984, is still performing today aboard BigLift Shipping’s heavy lift vessel Happy Buccaneer.
Picture: Huisman’s 1600-mt leg encircling crane installed on Van Oord’s Aeolus (by Huisman).