Hapag-Lloyd launches climate-friendly transport solution

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Hapag-Lloyd has launched “Ship Green”, a new solution for climate-friendly transportation based on biofuel.

With Ship Green, Hapag-Lloyd has reported that customers can choose among three different options, representing different levels of avoidance in carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions: 100 per cent, 50 per cent or 25 per cent of their shipment’s ocean-leg CO2e emissions.

The solution is accessible from anywhere at any time and requires no long-term commitment from customers, Hapag-Lloyd reported.

In the first rollout stage, customers can add Ship Green as an additional service to their existing bookings.

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The emissions avoidance results from the use of biofuel instead of conventional marine fuel oil within Hapag-Lloyd’s fleet.

The company guarantees that it uses biofuel from 2nd-generation feedstock sourced from certified supply chains and produced from waste material, such as brown grease or used cooking oil. It also assures that no edible virgin oils are included in the fuel.

The avoided emissions are allocated to shipments with the so-called “book and claim” approach. This allows the company to attribute avoided CO2e emissions to all ocean-leg transports regardless of the vessel and route used.

At present, Ship Green is only available for dry cargo, but it will be expanded to other cargo types in the future.

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“At Hapag-Lloyd, we are committed to making it easier for our customers to avoid emissions and contribute to decarbonisation,” said Rolf Habben Jansen, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd.

“With our new Ship Green solution, we are offering our customers an easy and flexible way to reduce their environmental footprint and make their supply chain more sustainable,” Jansen added.

In February 2023, TotalEnergies Marine Fuels successfully completed its first refuelling of a Hapag-Lloyd container vessel in Singapore with Used Cooking Oil Methyl Ester (UCOME) based marine biofuel.

In the same month, Shell Western LNG B.V (Shell) and Hapag-Lloyd signed a multi-year agreement to supply liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Hapag-Lloyd’s ultra-large container vessels.

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