As one of the largest shipping lines in the world, a large part of active environmental protection takes place on board our modern container vessels. Our commitment to the environment does not end there. Environmental issues are also very important in our 300 offices in 114 countries.
100% green power in main office sites
Steadily increasing efficiency governed by declining energy consumption is one of our goals for the upcoming years. For this reason we continuously develop various measures to reduce our energy needs to protect the climate:
- Since 2012 we cover our electricity requirements in our main office sites in Hamburg with 100% green energy from hydroelectric power plants in Germany - CO2 neutral and climate friendly.
- In 2011 we swapped old light bulbs with extra long-life LED lamps in Hamburg. The annual electricity saving is thereby over 23,000 kilowatt hours.
- To achieve one of our core environmental targets we measure the energy consumption in our worldwide offices. We strive to be high-class not only on the water.
Experienced stowage planners ensure that the vessel has proper trim in the water
State-of-the-art technology assists in stowage planning and continuously monitors trim and stability while later at sea. This ensures that the vessel has a proper trim in the water and optimizes fuel consumption. An intelligent software supports our experienced stowage planners to optimize vessel utilization and to increase safety on board. Additionally the software checks whether all segregation regulations for hazardous goods are being followed.
In addition, we complement the engagement for our environment by deploying a new software on boards our vessels to safeguard the dynamic trim.
Our sophisticated Yield Management System avoids empty container moves
Our worldwide container fleet of more than 1 million TEU is steered by our sophisticated Yield Management System reducing the number of empty container moves worldwide. Fewer empty containers moves on land and at sea result in lower emissions.
Priority is given to environmentally friendly modes of transport
Environmentally friendly modes of transport such as inland waterways, feeder vessels, and rail have priority when organizing pre- and on-carriage transport. This reduces both emissions and the pressure exerted on the road system in busy and congested regions.
Global Teamwork – Together for the future
Hapag-Lloyd is a member of various associations, national and international working groups as well as research groups. These groups take an active role to conserve global resources:
- Clean Cargo Working Group
For already more than ten years Hapag-Lloyd is an active member of the Clean Cargo Working group, which is a business-to-business initiative that creates practical tools for measuring and reducing the environmental impacts of global goods transportation.
- Green Logistics of Fraunhofer IML
Hapag-Lloyd is an active stakeholder of the collaborative project Green Logistics of the Fraunhofer IML. The objective of Green Logistics is to determine the ecological impacts of logistics processes and systems, first-time source-specific and standardized for the whole logistics chain, so, integratively for the three areas logistics real estate, intralogistics and transport. Thereby, the entire supply chain is considered
- European Union, German Federal Transport Ministry, and Universities
Hapag-Lloyd also works with public institutions on a regular basis on various research projects.
- Engine Manufacturers and Shipyards
We closely cooperate with our industrial partners to develop environmentally friendlier technologies. Prototypes on our ships are tested on a parallel basis. Hapag-Lloyd has always aimed at being the first shipping line to deploy these technologies in our daily operations e.g. Thrust Fin.
- Container Industry Associations
In cooperation with the Institute of International Container Lessors (IICL), and the Container Owners Association (COA), Hapag-Lloyd endeavours to develop innovative container standards.
- International Chamber of Shipping (ICS)
We fully support and accept the statement to reduce carbon emissions as defined by the ICS - the leading representation of shipowners in the current negotiations at the International Maritime Organization (IMO), and at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), with regard to achieving the best and most effective means of further reducing the shipping industry’s emissions of CO2.
For years Hapag-Lloyd has systematically developed the electronic handling of its business processes (e-Business). The latest innovation we offer our customers, who are not on a fixed link to our electronic systems, is an intelligent PDF document for shipping instructions that can be sent by e-mail. E-Business promotion in all areas makes processes easier, more convenient and error-free in addition to considerable reducing paper consumption, for our business partners and at Hapag-Lloyd.
Effective quality assurance and environmental protection, ongoing staff development, and regular refreshers are essential. From 2006 numerous online training programmes have been available for our staff on a worldwide basis.
These web-based training modules are on the Hapag-Lloyd Intranet and range from Office applications, and language courses to department specific training for example, handling dangerous goods. Some online programmes are mandatory for all our staff. Security awareness for defense against maritime threats is included. These trainings ensure high quality work in all areas and reduces business travel.
Hapag-Lloyd is an internationally active company that regards personal contact between its worldwide staff members as essential. With respect for the environment, we try to limit business travel, especially by air, to a reasonable and required level. Besides the familiar telephone conferences, e-meetings are very helpful. These Internet link-ups, assist staff to work jointly on projects and have access to each other’s documentation.