Mercury Marine was recently honored with the Most Eco-Friendly Marine Business Award at the 2014 China International Boat Show in Shanghai for its new lightweight 370-hp Mercury Diesel TDI 4.2L engine.
At cruise, the engine offers fuel savings of as much as 50 percent, compared with the equivalent performance of a gasoline engine in a similar vessel, Mercury said. In addition, the TDI 4.2L engine is 600 pounds lighter than comparable engines.
“It might initially seem unusual that the award goes to this winner, but when an engine manufacturer produces a diesel engine that is the same weight as a petrol equivalent of the same power, the fuel savings and therefore the carbon footprint reduction is considerable,” a representative of the Asian Marine and Boating Awards said in a statement.
“Mercury prides itself on innovation and technology, but also on our sustainability efforts,” global sales and marketing president Kevin Grodzki said. “This award tells us that Mercury Marine is seen globally as a company that is growing and building on our strong heritage as we look forward to a bright future.”
Mercury said it has made great strides in realizing companywide sustainability goals and policies.
“Every product that is made at Mercury Marine is done so with sustainability in mind,” Grodzki said. “Global energy consumption was reduced 10 percent, even as production activity increased. We have also released our new Enertia propeller, which is the most eco-friendly prop in the world.”
Mercury, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary, adds the Asia award to the Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year Award it won in February.