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HAMBURG: November 2, 2016. Hapag-Lloyd and DB Schenker are celebrating a 10-year partnership to protect the world's oceans.

The joint project that started as a green supply chain from Sweden to China, has now evolved into an environmental partnership that has seen Hapag-Lloyd reduce its CO2 footprint by 45 percent and DB Schenker cut its CO2 production by 130,000 tons over the decade.

Hapag-Lloyd containerLast year the two companies agreed that Hapag-Lloyd would commit to cut CO2 emissions by six percent for each DB Schenker shipping container it carried by 2020.

This goal will be helped by a reduction in the average age of the company's fleet to less than seven years as a result of a partnership with the United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) and a subsequent cut in the average fuel burn per container.

Anthony Firmin, Hapag-Lloyd chief operating officer commented: "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,"

The collaboration is also celebrating the inception of the EcoTransIT World emissions calculator, now accepted as the current standard within the industry. The tool was developed in 2010 with other partners to determine the environmental impacts of transport chains on global routes by calculating energy consumption and CO2 emissions.

"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," said DB Schenker Environment & Green Logistics manager Andrea Schön,

"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," she added.

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