Environmental control is a key to environmentally compatible shipping

We see environmental control as a cross-sectional task. Almost a dozen departments at the head office in Hamburg, as well as all of Hamburg Süd’s global locations, are involved in drawing up the annual environmental balance sheet by supplying environmental data.

The staff there support environmental control with information which enables the initial accounting step to be taken. Put simply: what comes into Hamburg Süd in the way of energy carriers and raw materials, and what goes out in the way of emissions and waste?

Environmental targets

Hamburg Süd is one of the few shipping companies which have formulated verifiable and binding environmental targets.

  • We are placing the focus on carbon dioxide and making a binding commitment: by 2020 Hamburg Süd is aiming to reduce CO2e emissions of its owned and chartered vessels per unit of transport capacity (TEUxkm) by 45 per cent compared with 2009 levels. Besides carbon dioxide, the unit of measurement carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) takes account of other climate gases, such as methane, in line with their effect on the climate.

  • We will lower the energy consumption of our reefer containers in the entire inventory by 15 per cent no later than 2015, in the case of newbuildings by 20 per cent.

  • We are abandoning, as far as possible, the use of tropical wood for container floors. In the period from 2012 to 2015, at least 80 per cent of dry container newbuildings are to have floors made of bamboo or other alternative materials.