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Meyer Turku makes the switch to carbon-neutral power sources

A solar power plant has been in operation at Meyer Turku since 2019
Meyer Turku switched to carbon-neutral electricity and heating, making it a global standout among shipyards of its size.

Starting in 2023, all district heating used by the Finnish builder has been carbon neutral, and Meyer Turku has used only certified carbon-neutral electricity since 2018.

'We are lucky to partner with Turku Energia [which] is able to supply up-to-date electricity and heating solutions. The impact we make together is big and encourages us further with our sustainability ambitions,' Meyer Turku Deputy CEO Tapani Pulli said.

'This decision showcases our deep-rooted values and our forward-thinking approach and commitment to embracing cleaner energy solutions,' he continued, adding a commitment to ongoing monitoring and reporting of sustainability metrics.

'Strong leader' globally

Turku Energia CEO Timo Honkanen called Meyer Turku a 'strong leader' in advancing sustainable development in the global shipbuilding industry.

'We are happy to be Meyer Turku's partner as they move towards a carbon-neutral future,' Honkanen said. 'The electricity and heat we supply to Meyer Turku is certified by the Guarantee of Origin and is then produced completely carbon neutrally.'

Honkanen noted the solar power plant delivered to the shipyard in 2019 is a further example of how active Meyer Turku has been in reducing the carbon footprint of its operations.

A carbon-neutral cruise design by 2025

As well, Meyer Turku aims to engineer a fully buildable carbon-neutral cruise ship concept by 2025 and to reach carbon neutrality (Scope 1 and 2) for the yard's own operations in 2030. This also drives its supply chain to be at least as responsible as Meyer itself.

In its sustainability quest including such aspects as the circular economy, building a biodiversity program and envisioning a clean-energy future, Meyer Turku cooperates with a wide variety of partner companies, academia and the EU Mission Label awarded city of Turku.

The company certified its quality, safety and environmental systems in 2008, touted as the first shipyard company in the world to do so. It also was the first to incorporate an LNG tank on a car ferry (on the outer deck of Viking Grace) and later among the first to incorporate an LNG tank inside a car ferry (Tallink Megastar).


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