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Hapag-Lloyd publishes second sustainability report

The carrier is claiming a good trend in the reduction of specific CO2 emissions and says it is prepared for IMO 2020. It has also adopted the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

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Hapag-Lloyd publishes second sustainability report

Ninety percent of all goods traded worldwide are transported by ship. With its 227 vessels, Hapag-Lloyd transports around 12M containers per year. Container shipping thereby makes a significant contribution to a well-functioning global trade network.


"As one of the largest liner shipping companies, Hapag-Lloyd bears a special responsibility for the environment, for its customers and shareholders, and for its employees," says the company.


The current sustainability report, Gathering Pace Together, also includes the legally required non-financial report. As part of the reporting, says Hapag-Lloyd, "the reader gains insight into the broad spectrum of its sustainability-related activities, which deal with topics such as combating corruption, employee training and data protection."


Jörg Erdmann, Senior Director Sustainability Management, said: “In 2018, we were once again able to reduce the fuel consumption of our global fleet through efficiency measures. We have also lowered our specific emissions. This puts us on track to achieve our target of a 20 percent reduction by 2020.”


Another important point is the IMO’s forthcoming global fuel regulation that with effect from next January lowers the cap for sulphur content in marine fuels from 3.5% to 0.5%.


“The new regulation is an important step on the way to lower emission shipping," Erdmann added. "Even though the switch to low sulphur fuels will entail significant costs, we are convinced that this directive is necessary. And we are prepared, as our fleet will operate using compliant fuels by 1 January 2020. In addition, we are testing other options, and Hapag-Lloyd will be the first shipping company to convert a large container ship to climate-friendly liquefied natural gas.”


Finally, ror this year’s sustainability report, Hapag-Lloyd incorporated the UN’s Sustainable Devel-opment Goals (SDGs) for the first time. The SDGs consider all three dimensions of sustainability - the economy, the environment and social commitment - and help companies to design their business processes to be sustainable over the long term.


Hapag-Lloyd says its activities contribute to six of the 17 overall goals. For example, measures aimed at optimising the structure of the fleet have contributed to lower fuel consumption and thereby contributed to the goal of climate protection

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