The World’s First Certified Climate-Neutral Container Terminal



Jan Hendrik Pietsch, Corporate Sustainability Manager, Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG


Electrification and automation are the keys to sustainable success at the HHLA Container Terminal Altenwerder in Hamburg.

The port’s central location within Hamburg, a city of over 1.8 million inhabitants, poses challenges for port operations.

Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA), which operates five container terminals in Europe, is aware of its responsibility to protect the climate in the Port of Hamburg and has been implementing measures for economically efficient and environmentally sustainable container handling for many years.

The self-imposed target to reduce CO2 emissions per handled container by at least 30% by 2020 was thus achieved ahead of time in 2018. HHLA has now set itself new goals. The European logistics company is working on halving its absolute CO2 emissions by 2030 against the figures from 2018.

The aim is to make the entire HHLA Group climate-neutral by 2040.

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