Sustainability in Maritime: Driving Impact Through Action and AI



Dr. Eva Savelsberg, Senior Vice President; Karsten Schumacher, Senior Consultant; Matthew Wittemeier, Senior Manager International Marketing and Customer Relations, INFORM’s Logistics Division


In 2019, INFORM undertook the ambitious step of embracing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The UN SDGs challenge companies to replace profit maximisation with a multifactor success model that adds “people” and “planet” to the traditional “profit” success factor. We were challenged to assess how we were, or could, contribute to the 17 SDGs.

This challenge kicked off what has now been a two-year journey assessing our impact in the maritime sector. In 2019, we launched our first diversity initiative. In 2020, we brought innovation to the intermodal industry to drive environmental impact and launched initiatives designed to help educate children as well as help foster gender equality in maritime.

And, as 2021 kicks off, we’ve completed research into understanding how four more of our AI-based optimisation modules drive environmental sustainability for terminal operators.

This paper will look at INFORM’s sustainability work across four of the SDGs: No. 4 – Quality Education, No. 5 – Gender Equality, No. 9 – Industry, Innovation,
and Infrastructure, and No. 13 – Climate Action. They are separated by the same headings, with the first three sections looking at various initiatives we’ve undertaken over the past two years.

If you want to cut to the chase and understand how to reduce your costs while simultaneously driving down your carbon footprint, then jump
to No. 13 – Climate Action; in it, we detail how four more of our optimisers drive environmental sustainability.

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