12% of the global fleet has committed to kick plastic. Over to you now. Will you pledge?

And then there were 31! What a journey IMPA SAVE has been taking us on, with 31 major shipping companies representing over 12% of the global fleet having now committed to drastically reduce plastic drinking water bottles onboard the vessels before 2025. With a goal to achieve 20% before the year ends, will you join our efforts?

With a sole mission of bringing knowledge of sustainable solutions to the shipping industry, the IMPA SAVE initiative was launched on 25th June 2020 with a simple first goal: reducing the amount of plastic drinking water bottles onboard the world’s fleet. Countless conversations, introductions to alternative solutions to provide water onboard, and two webinars later (together watched by more than 1,000 supply chain professionals!), the IMPA SAVE initiative has so far pushed over 12% of the global fleet to pledge for reduction before 2025, including companies like Maersk Line, BW LPG, Lauritzen Kosan, OSM Maritime, Berge Bulk, and more! And the SAVE Council is only getting started! Here are a few of our key events over the next few months and our goals.

IMPA London is coming (back) to town with a bigger focus on sustainability

How does a goal of 50 companies or at least 20% committed to a better tomorrow before the year ends sound? It may feel overly ambitious (it is already November, after all), but the Council really believes that by bringing together the SAVE community with those industry actors who are still sitting on the fence during this special IMPA London online event can have a tremendous impact on the uptake. With an online conference building on the IMPA SAVE programme and inviting several of the game changers behind the initiative’s success, many online presentations around the impact of buying responsibly and several virtual activities centring on sustainability and CSR, we may, in the words of IMPA SAVE Council Member and VP of Procurement at Wilhelmsen Ship Management, John Beck, “change the hearts and minds of many others”.

The IMPA Sustainability Run, back for the third year in a row, now SUPPORTING Ocean Generation

Join IMPA Londoners this December in running or walking for sustainability. Organised by Francois Offshore and Shell Marine, the IMPA community is welcome to join us from anywhere in the world by posting a photo of their run on social media and tagging the IMPA team. What makes this year’s run special is the fact that it is supporting Ocean Generation, an inclusive global movement that exists to restore a healthy relationship between humanity and the ocean through science and storytelling. All participants in the IMPA Run are encouraged to make a donation to support the wonderful work this organisation does, which is very much aligned with our goals at IMPA SAVE.

The IMPA ‘Sustainability in Shipping’ Conference, bringing forward leaders in green procurement

Since IMPA SAVE’s inception, sustainability has moved even more at the forefront of the Association’s activities, and this will be very much reflected in this year’s special ‘Sustainability in Shipping’ Virtual Conference, happening on 14 December and bringing together thought leaders and sustainability frontrunners who will share case studies, challenges and success stories about buying responsibly. Many of the industry guests will join us with insights of their work with IMPA SAVE, including Council Members Paolo Magonio, Group Procurement Manager at Scorpio Group, and Dorthe Mejlvang, Senior Category Manager at Maersk Procurement, as well as some of our active pledgers. This year’s online conference will include a keynote speech from none other than Filmmaker of well-known documentary ‘A Plastic Ocean’, Jo Ruxton.