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Hapag-Lloyd cuts emissions by 50%

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Hapag-Lloyd, the fifth biggest container shipping line in the world, has announced that it has cut CO2 emissions per TEU/kilometre by 50% since 2008.

In its ‘2019 Sustainability Report’, its annual review of operations, the carrier said 95% of its vessels had been using low sulphur fuel oils since the start of 2020, as it complies with IMO regulations.

Additionally, it said will continue to expand its emission-cutting efforts despite being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and that sustainability remains a priority.

“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,” said its CEO Rolf Habben Jansen.

For example, we further reduced our specific CO2 emissions, strengthened our social commitment and made huge investments in the quality of our service.

“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.”

To help achieve its environmental goals, Hapag-Lloyd said it will become the first shipping company in the world to start converting a large container ship to operate using a more climate-friendly liquid natural gas (LNG) propulsion system.

The conversion work on the “Sajir” is expected to commence in the fourth quarter of 2020. 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.


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