HHLA to become climate neutral by 2040

Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG focusing on electrification and eco-friendly rail transport
05 December 2019
Container ship in Port of Hamburg

Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) is increasing its efforts to protect the climate, conserve resources and make the entire group climate neutral by 2040, a press release said in early December. The already successfully implemented sustainability strategy will now be realised under the Balanced Logistics brand. HHLA is thus underscoring its commitment to be both economically successful as well as socially and ecologically responsible. The Container Terminal Altenwerder (CTA) became the world’s first container terminal to be certified climate neutral earlier in 2019. 

CO2 emissions to be halved by 2030 

Angela Titzrath, Chairwoman of HHLA’s Executive Board: “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. The self-imposed target to reduce CO2 emissions per handled container by at least 30 per cent by 2020 was thus achieved ahead of time last year.” HHLA’s new targets now include halving absolute CO2 emissions by 2030 over the levels of 2018 and making the entire group climate neutral by 2040.

Grafik HHLA Container Terminal Altenwerder klimaneutral
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HHLA – Container Terminal Altenwerder (CTA)

First climate neutral container terminal

Intelligent, sustainable solutions are an opportunity for new business models and raising added value, according to HHLA. “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 noted. CTA is considered one of the “most technologically advanced and efficient container terminals in the world” and is operated mainly with eco-electricity. In addition, terminal processes, which still cause CO2 emissions, are to be gradually converted to run on electricity. HHLA also uses emission reduction certificates to offset the CO2 emissions that are currently being generated, thereby supporting climate-friendly projects.

Environment-friendly rail transport

Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG intends to promote C02-neutral transport chains from the port to the European hinterland. To this end, the company uses environment-friendly rail transport by the Metrans Intermodal company, which specialises in seaport hinterland transport. The subsidiary uses energy-efficient e-locomotives and so-called light wagons with which a larger number of containers can be transported for the same train length.