News / 10 Sep 2023

Partnerships are part of the decarbonisation journey

Fifteen companies, led by GAC Singapore, have formed Green Ally Champions (GAC), an alliance working towards greater sustainability.

It was launched at a ‘Pathway towards Decarbonisation’ workshop organised by GAC Singapore for its value chain partners with the aim of strengthening their shared commitment to two of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Selected GAC alliance members with witness

The workshop was supported by Global Compact Network Singapore, with a decarbonisation management session to help participants track and measure carbon emissions. Moreover, the event was held at Singapore’s first zero-energy facility, the Singapore Sustainability Academy.

Kenneth Lim, Assistant Chief Executive, Industry and Transformation from the Maritime Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) shared decarbonisation initiatives for the maritime sector, and Eng Hup Shipping presented their work on maritime electrification, featuring the country’s first electric harbour craft.

The Green Ally Champions will work on sustainability initiatives supporting SDG 13 - Climate Action and SDG 17 - Partnership for the Goals.

Their commitment was sealed with the signing of a digital sustainability pledge, witnessed by the MPA’s Kenneth Lim and Daniel Nordberg, GAC’s Group Vice President for Asia Pacific & Indian Subcontinent.

GAC Singapore's Sofie Bager signing the sustainability pledge

The Green Ally Champions are focusing on three key initiatives, to begin with:

  • Carbon management workshop
    Members of the alliance are encouraged to participate in the LowCarbonSG programme through the ‘Pathway towards decarbonisation’ workshop.

GAC Singapore signed up for the programme in 2022, earning the right to display the LowCarbonSG logo following successful efforts to measure and reduce its carbon footprint.

Managing Director Sofie Bager says: “The LowCarbonSG programme has been very useful in helping us track our carbon emission and identifying areas to make our operations more energy efficient. We hope to get our partners introduced to this programme so that they can start their own decarbonisation journeys.”

  • Tree planting
    GAC Singapore started a tree planting programme last year, with the participation of four of its value chain partners. More tree planting is planned for later this year with 11 of the alliance members already committed to take part.
  • Green crew changes
    GAC Singapore is investigating green crew changes, working with partners within the alliance to examine land transportation, launch vessels/work boats and hotel accommodation.

Collective effort
“The road to net zero is not easy. It must be a collective effort,” adds Sofie.

“By gathering like-minded companies from various sectors to form the Green Ally Champions, we hope we can make this journey an easier and smoother one through learning, sharing experiences, exchanging perspectives and working together towards a common goal.”

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