HHLA CTA certified as only climate-neutral container terminal worldwide

HHLA CTA certified as only climate-neutral container terminal worldwide
AGVs play a key role in HHLA's climate strategy

TÜV Nord has reconfirmed its rating of HHLA Container Terminal Altenwerder (CTA), meaning it remains the only certified climate-neutral terminal in the world.

Hamburger Hafen und Logistik (HHLA) has set a target of halving its absolute carbon emissions by 2030 compared with 2018 and achieving climate neutrality in the group by 2040.

Angela Titzrath, chairwoman of HHLA’s Executive Board, said: “Though climate and environmental protection have receded into the background due to the coronavirus pandemic, this does not mean the need to act has diminished. Regardless of the current challenges, HHLA remains firmly committed to its climate protection goals.”

The operator noted that it regards technical excellence and process efficiency as crucial elements in developing sustainable solutions, being environmentally responsible and operating successfully.

According to HHLA, the CTA’s renewed TÜV certification demonstrates how technical innovation, automation and digitalisation make climate-neutral container handling possible.

The 14 container gantry cranes for seaborne handling, the 52 completely electric gantry cranes in the container storage blocks and the four rail-mounted gantry (RMG) cranes at the largest rail terminal in Europe are all fully powered by green electricity.

Half of the approximately 100 automated guided vehicles (AGVs) at CTA already run on lithium-ion batteries. Two thirds of the fleet will be replaced by the fast-charging battery technology by the end of this year and by 2022, all AGVs will have been switched.

HHLA offsets terminal processes where carbon emissions reduction is not possible, due for instance to a lack of viable technical solutions, by means of emission reduction certificates.

The goal is to consistently reduce the portion that is offset. Last year the carbon footprint at CTA was reduced by a further 6.4% which therefore did not require compensation.

At the same time, HHLA is working with manufacturers on the development of new technological solutions, with prototype tests of battery-powered tractor units for use between block storage and the rail terminal currently being carried out.

Titzrath added: “Since its opening in 2002, the CTA has undergone continuous development. Today, it also serves HHLA as a research and testing laboratory for new, highly promising technologies. Solutions that have proven themselves here are frequently used later at terminal facilities around the world.”