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Wednesday, April 22, 2020 

Significant reductions in CO2 emissions per container transported, a successful conversion of the vessel fleet to operate using low-sulphur fuel oil, and considerable improvements in quality these are the key advances over the past financial year that Hapag-Lloyd has presented in its third sustainability report.

CEO Rolf Habben Jansen (pictured) said: “Sustainability is more than just climate protection, as it also comprises ecological, economic, social and qualitative concerns in equal measure. In 2019, we succeeded in making a lot of progress in all four dimensions. For example, we furthered reduced our specific CO2 emissions, strengthened our social commitment and made huge investments in the quality of our service. This year, as well – despite the adverse effects of the COVID-19 crisis – we will continue to focus on additional improvements, including technological and digital innovations as well as further reductions in the emissions of our fleet.”

Compared to the reference year 2008, the company succeeded in reducing specific CO2 emissions – meaning CO2 emissions per TEU/kilometre – by 50%. There have been improvements when it comes to air quality. Preparing for the so-called IMO 2020 regulations was one of the main focuses of the 2019 reporting year. Hapag-Lloyd got started with its planning early on and made the necessary conversions to its fleet. Since the beginning of the year, some 95% of Hapag-Lloyd’s vessels have been operating using low-sulphur fuel oils, sad to emit over 70% less sulphur oxides than the heavy fuel oil previously in use.

In the current year, Hapag-Lloyd will take more steps on the path towards the decarbonisation of ocean-going shipping. The IMO has set ambitious milestones for 2030 and 2050, with the aim of reducing CO2 emissions by 40% and 50%, respectively, compared to 2008. To help achieve these goals, Hapag-Lloyd says it will be the first shipping company to start converting a large container ship to operate using a more climate-friendly LNG propulsion system. The conversion work on the Sajir is expected to commence in the fourth quarter of 2020. In addition, Hapag-Lloyd will continue to work on alternative fuel solutions. For example, an initial test using a biofuel based on used cooking oil was launched at the beginning of the year.

“Sustainability is a marathon rather than a 100m sprint. Given this fact, the issue will remain on our strategic agenda for the long term and be given high priority – also and especially in 2020, which has been an unusual year for all of us,” said Jansen.

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