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HHLA sets goal to become climate neutral by 2040

Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) aims to become climate neutral by 2040 through increasing its efforts to protect the climate and conserve resources.

Its already successfully implemented sustainability strategy will now be realised under the ‘Balanced Logistics’ brand as part of the company’s commitment to its goal.

Titzrath said: “We are well aware of our responsibility to protect the climate and that is why we are implementing specific measures for efficient and more sustainable container handling and environmentally friendly transport chains.

“Regardless of the dynamic that the climate protection debate has taken on recently, HHLA has been making a significant effort to increase the energy efficiency of its processes, conserve resources and consistently reduce emissions for many years now.”

Through Balanced Logistics, HHLA aims to find a balance between economic success, good working conditions, social responsibility and environmental and climate protection.

The company believes that intelligent, sustainable solutions are an opportunity for new business models and raising added value.

“Those who invest in innovative, climate-friendly technologies at an early stage achieve sustainable results faster, which is to the benefit of shareholders, customers, staff members and society,” Titzrath added.

HHLA achieved its self-imposed goal of reducing CO2 emissions per handled container by at least 30% this year, one year ahead of its 2020 deadline.

The company has now set new targets, aiming to halve its absolute CO2 emissions by 2030 compared to the figured from 2018. The aim is the make the entire HHLA group climate neutral by 2040.

In line with this goal, HHLA’s Container Terminal Altenwerder (CTA) became the first container handling facility in the world to be certified climate neutral by TÜV Nord in 2019 with its operations primarily powered by green electricity.

Terminal processes that still produce CO2 emissions will be gradually electrified or their transition to electrical power will be field-tested.

The company compensates for CO2 emissions that are still being generated through emissions reduction certificates, supporting environmentally projects such as wind farms in Iowa, low-friction anti-fouling paint for ship hulls and reforestation of rainforests in Panama.

CTA’s CO2 footprint will be reviewed again by TÜV Nord in 2020 and, according to HHLA, the need to compensate may decrease as the electrification of the terminal continues to progress.

HHLA has also developed HHLA Pure, a product which aims to ensure climate neutral transport chains from the port into the European hinterland.

This allows the company to combine the strength of Hamburg as the largest European rail port with the environmentally friendly rail transport offered by the intermodal company Metrans.

The HHLA subsidiary uses energy efficient electric trains and lightweight flat wagons which can transport more containers with the same train length.

Fowarding company Jakob Weets and transport logistics company cargo-partner are both pilot customers for whom Metrans transports containers from the Port of Hamburg to Central and Eastern Europe.

If, for example, the handling and rail transport of a 20 ft container from CTA to Prague, which is roughly 700 km away, generates a CO2 footprint of approximately 80 kg per teu this certified value can be compensated for with HHLA Pure.

Following a successful pilot phase, HHLA Pure will be brought onto the market in 2020.

Titzrath said: “We review not only economic value and benefit for our customers of every process optimisation and every new technical development, but also the sustainability aspect.

“As the ‘gateway to the future’, HHLA considers innovation and technical excellence to be key to fulfilling our responsibilities and developing sustainable solutions.”