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Friday, September 4, 2020 

Danish ro-ro and ro-pax operator DFDS has published its new climate action plan, in which it says it aims to become climate neutral by 2050 and is aiming for a relative reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by close to 45% from 2008 to 2030, corresponding to an approximate reduction of 25-35% between 2019 and 2030.

In 2019, DFDS was responsible for about 2 million tons of CO2 emissions, 90% of which was from ships. It is the company's belief that continuing in the same vein would not only have a negative impact on the environment, but would also put it at a significant economic risk: customers will find more climate-friendly suppliers and the costs related to regulatory requirements will increase. DFDS’ response is a new strategic climate action plan hoping to achieve climate neutrality by 2050, aiming for a relative reduction of GHG emissions by close to 45% of 2008 figures by 2030. Team members from the Technical Organisation, Innovation & Partnerships, CSR, and Strategy & Consulting divisions are supporting management in the development of the plan, which will be tracked on a quarterly basis.

The plan consists of two overall tracks covering tonnage adaption in short term and long term, as well as a third track ‘getting the house in order’ that covers other aspects such as facilities and terminal equipment.

The short-term tonnage adaption plan consists of initiatives to be implemented throughout the next 10 years, resulting in close to 45% reduction from 2008 to 2030. It widely consists of minor technical upgrades, including solutions like the use of the correct coatings on vessel hulls and decision support systems. But the fleet will also undergo major upgrades, like modifications of bulbs and propellers.

The long-term tonnage adaption plan is about replacing fossil fuels with new -generation zero emission energy. including sustainable fuels based on renewable energy stored in the form of ammonia, hydrogen or methanol. Storing, handling and using these new fuels is very different from current practice, so DFDS recognises the need to learn in order to make the right strategic decisions. Projects and partnerships will help the company learn and share knowledge to reach its goals. The long-term tonnage adaption plan focuses on a new generation of ships.

Getting the house in order addresses the remaining 10% of total emissions from other than vessel-related activities. Initiatives like electric trucks, energy consumption of buildings and hybrid/electric company vehicles across the business will help develop ways of becoming more sustainable.

DFDS CEO Torben Carlsen said: “I am very happy that we now have this ambitious and comprehensive climate action plan in place. It clearly states how we can and will take responsibility for the environment. It will also help us stay relevant as a service provider in 10, 15, 50 years from now. With the support of every one of our employees, we will be able to turn this plan into reality and at the same time continue our existing efforts to support the environment and local communities.”

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