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Hapag-Lloyd publishes latest sustainability report

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Hapag-Lloyd has published its latest sustainability report, which includes details of the advances it made in terms of its sustainability strategy during the 2019 financial year.

Some examples of the advances documented in the report include the following: significant reductions in CO2 emissions per container transported; a successful conversion of the company’s vessel fleet to operate using low-sulphur fuel oil; and considerable improvements in quality.

“Sustainability is more than just climate protection, as it also comprises ecological, economic, social and qualitative concerns at the same time. In 2019, we succeeded in making a lot of progress in all four dimensions. For example, we further reduced our specific CO2 emissions, strengthened our social commitment and made huge investments in the quality of our service,” says Hapag-Lloyd CEO Rolf Habben Jansen. “This year, as well – despite the adverse effects of the COVID-19 crisis – we will continue to focus on additional improvements, including technological and digital innovations as well as further reductions in the emissions of our fleet.”

Improvements in all sustainability dimensions

One important sustainability objective of Hapag-Lloyd is reducing emissions. Compared to the reference year 2008, the company has succeeded in reducing its specific CO2 emissions by 50% (CO2 emissions per TEU/km). The company has also reported improvements in air quality.

The new specifications on the maximum sulfur content of marine fuels issued by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) have been in force since 1 January 2020. Preparing for the so-called IMO 2020 regulations was accordingly one of the main focuses of the 2019 reporting year. Hapag-Lloyd got started with its planning early on and made the necessary conversions to its fleet. Since the beginning of the year, approximately 95% of Hapag-Lloyd’s vessels have been operating using low-sulphur fuel oils, which emit over 70% less sulphur oxides than the heavy fuel oil previously in use.

In the current year, Hapag-Lloyd will take more steps on the path towards the decarbonisation of ocean-going shipping. The IMO has set ambitious milestones for 2030 and 2050, with the aim of reducing CO2 emissions by 40 and 50%, respectively, compared to 2008. To help achieve these goals, Hapag-Lloyd will be the first shipping company in the world to start converting a large container ship to operate using a more climate-friendly LNG propulsion system. The conversion work on the Sajir is expected to commence in 4Q20. In addition, Hapag-Lloyd will continue to work on alternative fuel solutions. For example, an initial test using a biofuel based on used cooking oil was launched at the beginning of the year.

Sustainability is a common task

For Hapag-Lloyd, sustainability means not only the implementation of measures, but also and especially dialogue and exchange. “Our sustainability measures also take into account the well-being of future generations. This makes it all the more important to bring all relevant parties – our employees, customers and shareholders, too – along on this journey. Sustainability is a common task, and it can only be achieved together with strong partners,” says Jörg Erdmann, Senior Director Sustainability Management. For example, Hapag-Lloyd has entered into collaborative efforts with scientific and research organisations, such as in the context of the Hapag-Lloyd Center for Shipping and Global Logistics (CSGL) at the Kühne Logistics University in Hamburg.

“Sustainability is a marathon rather than a 100 m sprint. Given this fact, the issue will remain on our strategic agenda for the long term and be given high priority – also and especially in 2020, which has been an unusual year for all of us,” added Jansen.

Read the article online at: https://www.lngindustry.com/liquid-natural-gas/22042020/hapag-lloyd-publishes-latest-sustainability-report/

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