Hapag-Lloyd sets 2020 CO2 emissions target

Hapag-Lloyd sets 2020 CO2 emissions target

Monday saw Hapag-Lloyd publish its first sustainability report. Within the report, the German containerline has committed to slashing CO2 emissions per teu-km by 20%, compared to 2016 levels.

Hapag-Lloyd also revealed that between 2007 and 2016, the CO2 emissions of its fleet were reduced by 46%.

“We have deliberately set a very ambitious goal for ourselves in terms of CO2 emissions because we view sustainability as self-evident, active involvement rather than lip service. Hapag-Lloyd numbers among the leaders in the container shipping sector when it comes to sustainability. Time and again, our involvement far exceeds the measures required by law,” said Jörg Erdmann, senior director of sustainability management at Hapag-Lloyd. “For example, we are one of the few global shipping companies that recycle its container ships in an environmentally friendly manner in specifically certified shipyards – even if this entails additional costs.”

Hapag-Lloyd also yesterday endorsed the April 13 decision of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to halve CO2 emissions caused by the international shipping industry by 2050.

“We think the strategy put forward by the IMO to decrease the greenhouse gas emissions from shipping is excellent,” said Rolf Habben Jansen, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd AG. “What matters now is for all market players to pull together in the same direction. Hapag-Lloyd will do everything within its power to contribute to achieving this goal.”

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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