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Wednesday, June 3, 2020 

Ferry shipping company Stena Line says, in its recently published sustainability overview, that it is continuing to reduce CO2 emissions and is now 10 years ahead of the international shipping targets for reducing emissions.

In the review A Sustainable Journey, Stena Line reports a reduction of both total CO2 emissions and CO2 per transported ton. New, larger and more energy efficient vessels, AI assisted captains and increased punctuality are some important measures.

During 2019 Stena Line reduced total CO2 emissions by 1,7 %, corresponding to 24,000t of CO2 in total. Even more importantly, Stena Line continued to improve the efficiency and reduced the emissions per transported ton of freight and passenger vehicles onboard the vessels with 3.6% less CO2. This means that Stena Line, starting from the 2008 base year for IMO decarbonisation targets, already meets the 2030 targets for a 40 % reductions in CO2 emissions efficiency from 2008-2030. 

Erik Lewenhaupt, Head of Sustainability, said: “We aim to be the leader in sustainable shipping and we have high ambitions. During the last 10 years we have improved the efficiency with more than 320 energy efficiency actions onboard and onshore, both technical and operational improvements and investments. The introduction of AI assisted vessels and the delivery of our first new larger and energy efficient vessels that went into operations on the Irish Sea during the spring, are some highlights from last year.”

The overall challenge for the shipping industry as a whole, including Stena Line, is to reach zero emissions by 2050. “We are currently working in parallel with reducing fuel consumption, and emissions to sea and air and at the same time exploring and evaluating the fuels for the future. We are currently involved in several projects with alternative fuels and propulsion, including the world’s first methanol powered vessel and a battery project with the aim of launching a fully battery powered vessel before 2030”, said Lewenhaupt.  

As well as the emissions success, A Sustainable Journey notes that for 2019/2020, Stena Line:

  • Reduced almost all single use plastic onboard and substantially improved share of recycled material in offices, ports and terminals. 
  • Reduced the use of harmful chemicals and detergents; the newly introduced Stena Estrid and Stena Edda are best in class with 80 % Eco-label chemicals. 
  • Increased the number of female leaders in the company; in total 20 % of managers are female.

Stena Line's sustainability strategy centres around five focus areas that support the UN Global Goals, to protect life below water, ensure responsible consumption, increase the use of clean energy and ensure safety, good health and well-being for passengers and employees.

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