Sustainability

GAC wants to do well, and to do good wherever we can to make the world better, safer, cleaner and greener.

GAC's Roadmap to Sustainability outlines the Group's commitment to "adapt, innovate and reduce" in its activities and engage stakeholders to create non-destructive, long-term value towards a sustainable future. Their economic, environmental, and social impact is evaluated, initiatives implemented as appropriate, and the effect of those actions assessed for alignment with our focus and progress towards our sustainability goals.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

Our aim is to make real positive change in ourselves, while supporting and influencing change in others. Our goals are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and cover three main areas of impact, namely economic, environmental and social.

While all of the UN Sustainable Development Goals are important to us and our stakeholders, GAC has identified the areas where we can influence and create the most positive impact, and chosen the following 8 SDGs to focus on:

  • SDG 3 – Good Health and Well-Being
  • SDG 5 – Gender Equality
  • SDG 7 – Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 12 – Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 – Climate Action
  • SDG 14 – Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 – Life on Land
  • SDG 17 – Partnership for the Goals
SDG 3 Good Health and Well Being

SDG 3 – Good Health and Well-Being

The well-being of our stakeholders has been, and always will be one of the primary areas of focus at GAC. From employees and their families to customers, suppliers, and future generations, GAC has a duty to assess the impact its activities and practices have on anyone affected by the organisation.

  • Many GAC companies provide support to boost the and mental health of their employees. For example GAC Singapore participated in a study to help identify and tackle fatigue in the workplace. Based on its findings, steps will be taken to improve working conditions to reduce fatigue.
  • GAC UK is running an ongoing campaign to promote mental health in the workplace and beyond. Three staff members have been trained as Mental Health First Aiders by Mental Health First Aid of England or Scotland.
  • The GAC Corporate Academy (GCA) also offers an online Managing Mental Well-being course to help employee manage their well-being and work through any struggles they may be experiencing.
SDG 5 Gender Equality

SDG 5 – Gender Equality

We have a responsibility to work proactively to reduce inequalities and ensure gender equality. On top of that, we see the immense value that diversity brings to an organisation. The society benefits from fair hiring, compensation and other practices that reduce inequalities; which all contribute to ensuring sustainable business by using every available resources. GAC recognises that gender equality is an ongoing challenge and is committed to work towards fair treatment for all.

  • As a Signatory of the Diversity in Maritime Charter, GAC UK is working to close the diversity gap and make shipping more inclusive.
  • Marine Leisure specialist GAC Pindar supports the Magenta Project’s work in promoting equal access and opportunities for women in sailing.
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SDG 7 – Affordable and Clean Energy

With the increasing global demand for energy, GAC has taken steps to invest in cleaner, greener, more efficient energy sources.

  • GAC Bunker Fuels is the world’s only bunker company whose ISO certification covers Liquified Natural Gas, which emits 25% less carbon dioxide than conventional marine fuels.
  • GAC Dubai’s installation of solar panels on two of its contract logistics facilities, which covers between 75% and 93% of the facilities’ total electricity needs. The combined energy production is equivalent to the amount needed to power 20,000 households. Over the course of a year, the 2.7 megawatt-peak (MW) solar-powered rooftop at GAC’s Dubai South contract logistics facility generated 5 million kilowatt-hour (kWh) of renewable electricity, the equivalent of planting 35,000 trees.
SDG 12 Responsible Consumption and Production

SDG 12 – Responsible Consumption and Production

Our commitment to sustainability starts with each employee in every office across the GAC world. We all have a role to play in changing our consumption patterns to reduce our impact on the environment. All GAC offices will ban single-use plastic by January 2022.

  • Sustainable alternatives are sourced for offices items and promotional materials throughout the Group.
  • GAC UK launched its Sustainability Champion Award in 2018 to encourage colleagues to be more sustainable in both their work and personal lives. GAC Pindar supports the Final Straw Solent Community Interest Company’s mission to reduce single-use plastic waste.
  • GAC Dubai recycles about 37,000,000 litres of wastewater per year through two sewerage treatment plants (STP) located at GAC Dubai's South contract logistics facility and the GAC Logistics Park in Jebel Ali Free Zone. The recycled wastewater is subsequently repurposed for landscape irrigation and supply of water to cooling towers for GAC’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system.
SDG 13 Climate Action

SDG 13 – Climate Action

The GAC Group has a strong pioneering tradition. This includes looking ahead and taking responsibility for the impact our business has on the environment for the future. The Group is currently taking steps to reduce emissions and is committing to a Net Zero Carbon future. GAC is a member of the Global Maritime Forum’s Getting To Zero Coalition, an alliance of more than 140 companies from the maritime, energy, infrastructure and finance sectors working to accelerate the decarbonisation of shipping by developing and deploying zero-emission vessels (ZEVs) by the end of the decade.

Carbon emissions are classified under three categories, or “scopes”. To improve our emissions footprint and navigate our operations towards carbon neutrality, we will measure, manage and report on our performance for all three scopes.

Our first goal in our journey towards carbon neutrality is for all GAC companies measure and report their carbon footprint in line with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol by the end of 2022. Our goal is to be net carbon zero by 2050 at the latest.

  • GAC Norway has been awarded the Eco-Lighthouse Certification, the Norwegian equivalent of EMAS and ISO 14001.
  • GAC Qatar’s contract logistics facility in the Ras Bufontas Free Zone is GSAS-certified (Global Sustainability Assessment System). Constructed using sustainable materials, it boasts numerous eco-friendly features such as solar panels, wastewater recycling, electric shuttle buses, LED lights, energy-conserving automated cut-off system, sewage treatment plants, and more.
  • GAC Qatar was awarded the country prize in the Living Business programme organised by Globally, Get in the Ring and HSBC for their project that enables the company to recover and reuse approximately 85% of wastewater generated from container cleaning at its inland container depot.
  • GAC Bunker Fuels’ Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions calculations has been verified by Bureau Veritas UK Limited in January 2022 – an important step in the process of reducing and offsetting emissions, which is in line with its goal to be net carbon zero by 1 January 2030.
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SDG 14 – Life Below Water

Every GAC company will commit to implement an initiative related to Life Below Water. GAC is a member of maritime pollution reporting and mapping initiative Eyesea. Eyesea’s smartphone app enables users to submit geotagged photographs to report hazards and pollution in the open seas. Data collected is made available to the public, non-profit organisations and government bodies to conduct clean-up activities.

  • GAC offers eco-friendly underwater hull cleaning services to boost vessels’ fuel efficiency and capture fouling which have been removed to prevent pollution and the spread of invasive marine species.
  • GAC companies around the world actively supported the Volvo Ocean Race's #cleanseas campaign with many companies and colleagues committing to make a difference at cleanseas.org/pledge.
  • GAC companies in Belgium, Greece, Netherlands and the UK have joined the Green Award (GA) Foundation. GA-certified ships that use GAC’s ship agency services at ports in those countries can claim a discount on agency fees.
  • In 2019, GAC Pindar and visiting professional sailors joined a clean-up exercise of an inner-city beach in Southampton with the aim of formulating a long-term plan for the site.
SDG 15 Life on Land

SDG 15 – Life on Land

Our companies around the world take responsibility to create positive impact on local communities, and our people enjoy raising awareness and funds for worthy causes. Whether it is funding local projects, cleaning up waste, supporting children’s charities, tree planting, blood donations, helping the response to natural disasters, or raising money for maritime charities such as the Sailors’ Society, GAC employees take pride and joy in supporting community service projects and are fully immersed in the communities in which we operate.

  • Many GAC companies are involved in environmental regeneration programmes. This includes GAC Panama which works with local organisations to collect and nurture seedlings, and replant them in areas that need reforestation when they mature.
  • As part of GAC Dubai's sustainability efforts, it worked with Plant-for-the-Planet, a non-profit organisation, and took part in an exercise to plant over 3,600 trees in the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico.
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SDG 17 – Partnership for the Goals

We work with our customers to enhance and refine our ability to meet their needs and help them achieve their sustainability goals. This is at the core of what we do, embodied in our brand promise “Delivering your strategy.” and in our focus on SDG 17 - Partnership for the Goals.

  • In November 2019, GAC was designated as the main sponsor of the Dubai Offshore Sailing Club (DOSC) initiative to help young people with learning or physical challenges experience the thrill of sailing. "DOSC Sailability, powered by GAC" enabled the Club to upgrade its fleet and other equipment in the following years.
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Moving forward

GAC has embarked on our journey towards sustainability and are well on our way – but there is so much more that we can and must do. It will take hard work, commitment, and cooperation with all our stakeholders to do to succeed. While every individual can make a real difference, together we can learn from each other and make greater progress.

A Sustainability Working Group (SWG) has been formed to chart our sustainability journey and help colleagues throughout GAC world to turn their good intentions and ideas into verifiable actions. This team reports directly to the Sustainability Steering Committee to influence real change.

Sustainability is integral to who we are and what we do, now and in the future. We promise to work towards a better tomorrow for the planet and people. It is also how we help our customers deliver their strategy.