Published: 2020-09-09

DFDS sets to become climate neutral by 2050

Shipping DFDS sets to become climate neutral by 2050

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The Danish shipping & logistics company has revealed plans to gradually decrease its carbon off- and onshore footprint.

DFDS expects to achieve a 25-35% emission reduction between 2019 and 2030 (the company emitted around 2.0mt CO2 last year, out of which 90% came from ferry operations).

A 45% reduction is to happen by 2030 (vs. 2008 baseline), with full climate neutrality two decades later.

Over the course of the next ten years DFDS will set in motion technical initiatives to axe its ferry greenhouse gas emissions, including bulb and propeller modifications, hull anti-fouling, and decision support systems for fuel performance.

Next, the company will replace fossil fuel-based bunker with that sourced in a renewable way, to be used by both newbuildings and older ships after retrofitting. Projects and partnerships are already initiated towards that goal, among them participating in the construction of a hydrogen factory.

Meanwhile, DFDS will also reduce its land emission - own as well as third-party haulier trucks, plus port and equipment. The company aims to make greater use of electric trucks and cars, and decrease its buildings' energy intensity.

"I am very happy that we now have an ambitious and comprehensive climate action plan in place. It clearly states how we can and will take responsibility for the environment. The plan will also help us stay relevant as a provider of ferry and logistics services for both freight customers and passengers in the coming decades," Torben Carlsen, CEO, DFDS, commented.

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