What started out in 2006 as a joint pilot project for a green supply chain from Sweden to China, has evolved a decade long sustainable strategic partnership for protecting the environment on the world’s oceans. A new agreement has now been signed by the partners that obliges Hapag-Lloyd to reduce emissions of up to 20,000 tonnes of CO2 with the DB Schenker containers it transports by 2020.
Since 2006, Hapag-Lloyd has reduced the specific CO2 emissions of its container transports by a total of 45 percent, and prevented 130,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide from being released. “One can only reach such an ambitious goal if one has a young fleet and, at the same time, is constantly looking in daily operations for innovative ways to constantly keep reducing the ships’ fuel consumption,” said Anthony J. Firmin, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Hapag-Lloyd.
As Mr. Firmin mentions, fleet is getting a younger face lift as a result of the planned merger with UASC, the average age of the vessels in Hapag-Lloyd’s fleet will drop from above eight years to less than seven years. The average vessel size will also go up to more than 6.500 TEU per ship. And, in liner shipping, this basic principle applies: The younger and bigger the ships one uses, the lower the average fuel consumption per transported container – and thereby the emissions, too.
“Leading shipping companies like Hapag-Lloyd play a major role in our improved environmental balance. This is not least due to transparent reporting on emissions reductions. The basis for a sustainable and long-term business relationship is mutual trust and working together as partners to reach quality and environmental goals. The agreements are milestones because they enable us to introduce sustainability issues into business relations,” said Andrea Schön, who is responsible for climate protection and CO2 controlling at DB Schenker.