Hapag-Lloyd to lower CO2 emissions from shipping with biofuel
Germany-headed liner shipping major Hapag-Lloyd AG is the latest shipper to begin testing a marine biofuel blend as a means to reduce its carbon dioxide (CO2) footprint.
"By the end of this year, we want to have reduced our specific CO2 emissions by 50 percent compared to the reference year 2008," says Jörg Erdmann, Senior Director Sustainability Management.
Recently Hapag-Lloyd’s “Montreal Express” bunkered a B20 fuel in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The fuel consists of 80 percent low-sulphur fuel oil and 20 percent biodiesel based on used cooking oils and fats sourced from the food service/catering industry. The biodiesel generates up to 90 percent less CO2 emissions than conventional fuels.
With this test, Hapag-Lloyd is taking another step towards reaching its climate-protection goals.
By the end of this year, we want to have reduced our specific CO2 emissions by 50 percent compared to the reference year 2008. Biofuels like ‘B20’ can help us reach this target. This is because, in addition to having a low sulphur content, the fuel also emits less climate-damaging CO2 during combustion, explained Jörg Erdmann, Senior Director Sustainability Management.
Hapag-Lloyd intends to use the test run with the “Montreal Express”, which operates in the St. Lawrence Coordinated Service 2 (AT 2) between Europe and Canada, to gain experience and information on the properties of the fuel in real-world use.
We are checking to see whether the share of biodiesel has any adverse effects on the equipment and the fuel processing onboard the vessel. If the test is successful, more ships from Hapag-Lloyd’s fleet could operate using the ‘B20’ fuel in future, remarked Jan Christensen, Senior Director Purchasing & Supply at Hapag-Lloyd.
With a fleet of 231 modern container ships and a total transport capacity of 1.7 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU), Hapag-Lloyd is one of the world’s leading liner shipping companies. The Company has around 13 000 employees and 392 offices in 129 countries. Hapag-Lloyd has a container capacity of approximately 2.6 million TEU – including one of the largest and most modern fleets of reefer containers.
The company operates a total of 121 liner services worldwide to ensure fast and reliable connections between more than 600 ports on all the continents. Hapag-Lloyd is one of the leading operators in the Transatlantic, Middle East, Latin America, and Intra-America trades.