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More sustainability for your supply chain
Acting sustainability is a given for Hamburg Süd – in the best interest of our employees, the environment, society at large and, of course, our customers. After all, as a logistics partner, we can help make their entire supply chain more sustainable. Hamburg Süd’s new Sustainability Report shows that our unfailing commitment to sustainability has yielded excellent results, such as a further reduction in CO2 emissions. What’s more, we implement sustainable solutions together with our customers – in partnership with our Swedish customer Electrolux, for example, we have launched an innovative project aimed at reducing sulfur dioxide emissions in ports.

Hamburg Süd and its Swedish customer Electrolux have formed an innovative partnership to jointly reduce sulfur dioxide emissions in ports. During its layovers in Manzanillo (Mexico), Callao (Peru) as well as Iquique and Puerto Angamos (Chile) between March 11 and 24, the “Santa Catarina” (7,114 TEU) voluntarily used cleaner marine gas oil (MGO) instead of standard heavy fuel oil (HFO) to operate its auxiliary engines and boilers. Both of these must be running in port to supply the ship with electricity and heat. Due to the significantly lower sulfur content of MGO, the sulfur dioxide emissions for the Electrolux cargo in question will decrease by over 95 percent. The project is being financed by both companies: while Electrolux is bearing the additional costs for the MGO, Hamburg Süd is taking on the extra operative expenses related to planning and switching fuels. “When it comes to sustainability, reducing emissions in the interest of environmental protection plays an important role for Hamburg Süd,” says Dr. Arnt Verspermann, CEO of Hamburg Süd. “With this project, we also show that by means of innovative solutions, Hamburg Süd caters to the needs of its customers on a customized and partner-oriented basis.”

This joint sustainability project was already launched with a pilot phase in the spring of 2017. In the four above-mentioned ports – unlike those in the North Sea and the Baltic Sea, and unlike those in the North American Emission Control Areas (ECAs) – switching fuel from HFO to MGO is not mandatory.

New Sustainability Report online:
Furthermore, our new Sustainability Report – titled “Sustainably on Course” – shows what Hamburg Süd initiated and achieved in the 2016/17 period. The topics range from the reduction of our Co2e emissions to the use of more sustainable materials through to the prohibition of transports of endangered species. The report, which was compiled in accordance with the guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), provides comprehensive figures on all important sustainability issues in addition to an overview of our related activities.

To directly access the Sustainability Report, click here (PDF, 6 MB) .

Do you have any questions about our fuel-switching project or other sustainability-related matters? If so, please feel free to contact us at: sustainability@hamburgsud.com .