DP World Marine Services has decreased its carbon footprint by more than 16 per cent in 2023 compared to its baseline of 2,118 kilotonnes carbon dioxide equivalent (ktCO2e) in 2019.
According to the company, much of the savings came from improving the routes and scheduling of its vessels to guarantee full utilisation and minimised idle time.
The carbon footprint of DP World Marine Services is calculated using an in-house technology, with operational entities reporting weekly on their fossil fuel and power use based on invoicing.
The company has developed a thorough strategy to decrease its carbon footprint further, with a goal reduction of 25 per cent by 2030.
This includes a 12 per cent efficiency boost for its existing vessel fleet through techniques like hull coating and hull cleaning, as well as a 5 per cent contribution from the adoption of biofuels to replace fossil fuels.
Finally, Marine Services plans to introduce approximately 20 new vessels to replace older, less efficient vessels, adding 8 per cent to the reduction objective.
Other significant projects, according to the company’s recent statement, include Unifeeder’s long-term time-charter arrangement for four methanol-capable container feeder vessels and P&O Ferries’ hybrid-electric vessels, which are estimated to enhance efficiency by 40 per cent.
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DP World’s wider decarbonisation target of becoming a carbon-neutral business by 2040 and net-zero by 2050.
Jesper Kristensen, Group Chief Operating Officer of DP World Marine Services, stated: “As a global leader in end-to-end logistics, it is our responsibility to find and implement sustainable ways of reducing our footprint, while we continue to keep communities around the world connected to global trade.
“While we are also doing our part to explore alternative fuels, we must not forget to also focus on optimising our operational processes, harnessing advanced technologies, and implementing best practices across our fleet. By prioritising efficiency enhancements, we not only reduce our carbon footprint but also create new industry standards.”