Chairwoman of the Executive Board, Angela Titzrath, said: “We will be further intensifying our sustainability efforts under our ‘Balanced Logistics’ brand"
Timed to coincide with the opening of the UN meeting on climate change starting today (2 December) in Madrid, Spain [COP 25], the HHLA statement said the aim is to make the entire HHLA group climate neutral by 2040, under the “Balanced Logistics” brand.
Angela Titzrath (pictured left), Chairwoman of HHLA’s Executive Board, said: “The people of Hamburg can rely on HHLA. 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.
Titzrath continued: “We understand ‘Balanced Logistics’ as finding a balance between economic success, good working conditions, social responsibility and environmental and climate protection."
HHLA states that it Container Terminal Altenwerder (CTA) became the first handling facility for containers in the world to be certified climate-neutral by TÜV Nord, in 2019. Operations at CTA are now primarily powered by green electricity. Terminal processes that still produce CO2 emissions today will be gradually electrified, or their transition to electrical power will be field-tested, states HHLA.
HHLA’s compensation measures for CO2 emissions include wind farms in India, 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 next year.
HHLA has also developed "HHLA Pure," a product aimed at ensuring climate neutral transport chains from the port into the European hinterland. This product allows HHLA, the biggest operator in Europe’s biggest intermodal rail port, to involve it rail affilliate Metrans, which uses energy efficient electric trains and lightweight flat wagons, to transport more containers within the same train length.
Forwarding company Jakob Weets and transport logistics company Cargo-Partner are pilot customers for Metrans under the HHLA Pure umbrella. If, for example, handling and rail transport of a 20ft container from CTA to Prague, roughly 700 km away, generates a CO2 footprint of around 80 kg, this certified value can be compensated for by HHLA Pure.
“We review not only the economic value and benefit for our customers of every process optimisation and every new technical development, but also the sustainability aspect,” said Titzrath. “HHLA considers innovation and technical excellence to be key to fulfilling our responsibilities and developing sustainable solutions.”