DFDS Aims to Bring Environmental Footprint to Climate Neutral

dfds aims to make its environmental footprint climate neutral
dfds aims to make its environmental footprint climate neutral

DFDS, Europe's leading company in the fields of maritime and logistics, announced its report on 2020 global sustainability studies. DFDS is committed to gradually reducing its environmental footprint in line with its sustainability goals, to become climate neutral by 2050. DFDS will reduce its CO² emissions by 2030% in 45.

The Danish DFDS, Europe's leading company in maritime and logistics, announced its 2020 sustainability report within the framework of the climate action plan. DFDS commits to be climate neutral by 2050 by gradually reducing its environmental footprints through sustainability efforts within the scope of its corporate social responsibility approach in the report. In line with diversity and inclusiveness in the report, the company aims to increase the rate of female employees from 23% to 2023% by 30.

Torben Carlsen, President and CEO of the DFDS Group, said about his sustainability work: "Today, 23% of our company is made up of women and our goal is to increase this rate to 2023% by 30. We have made diversity and inclusiveness the top parameters in promotions, recruitment and projects. After a challenging year like 2020, I am proud of the progress we have made in sustainability. Our determination to move for the growth of everyone is an integral part of our culture and benefits both our customers and our employees. This helps us to be a valuable partner of society. "

Innovation for green fuel 

On the other hand, DFDS started two collaborations in the field of sustainable fuel in 2020 to find environmentally friendly fuel alternatives. One of these projects aims to develop a hydrogen and e-fuel production facility in Copenhagen, while the other aims to build a 100% hydrogen fueled ferry that runs on electricity generated by a hydrogen fuel cell system and releases only water. DFDS will accelerate cooperation and innovations, and will ensure transformation and sustainability within DFDS and the logistics industry in the coming years.

Europe's largest environmentally friendly ammonia production facility

DFDS has committed to purchase green, CO2-neutral ammonia from a new production facility in Esbjerg, in line with the climate plan. DFDS will also set up one of Europe's largest environmentally friendly ammonia production plants in Esbjerg, Denmark, in a new project called "Power Up Ammonia". Other partners include Arla, Maersk, Danish Crown and DLG.

This new project is complementary to alternative fossil projects currently involved in DFDS. The project also adds green ammonia to its DFDS fuel projections, which consist of alternative fossils including green hydrogen, green methanol and MASH biofuels. With the project, one of Europe's largest environmentally friendly ammonia production facilities will be established.

Ideal alternative 

Environmentally friendly green ammonia appears as an ideal alternative to fuel oil used in ships; because it is produced in a 100% renewable and carbonless process. A solid oxide containing only water and nitrogen as byproducts can be burned in the fuel cell. This is a step towards a 2030% reduction in DFDS emissions by 45 and a climate-neutral company by 2050.

"Zero emission ships"

Torben Carlsen, President and CEO of the DFDS Group He said about the partnership: “Collaboration of fuel users and manufacturers with scientists and society is the fastest way to present sustainable fuels as realistic alternatives to fossil fuels. I hope this partnership will help us achieve our goal of zero carbon emission ship operations. ”

DFDS will help drive innovation in alternative fuels by making a commitment to purchase environmentally friendly ammonia. Finding alternative fuels is considered as the basis for an environmentally friendly green transition at DFDS and in the marine industry in general. The Ammonia Power Up Project aims to produce around 50.000 tons of green fuel and possibly serve as a North Sea fuel hub. The facility is expected to be operational in 2026.

Sustainability strategy 

As a transport and logistics services provider, DFDS sets out a sustainability strategy that will help reduce its environmental footprint, ensure that its employees are safe and healthy and treated equally. Having determined its sustainability strategy in 2018, DFDS supports the two main themes of the strategy, the Environmental Footprint and the Responsible Employer, for three purposes. The company included individual metrics in the strategy to measure this progress in 2019. The DFDS 2020 report highlights corporate sustainability, including the Health, Safety, Diversity and Inclusion and Code of Ethics, complementing the specific, targeted and actionable climate action plan. To reduce its environmental footprint and continually strengthen its position as a responsible employer, DFDS maintains whistleblowing lines, assesses risks, analyzes and investigates relevant initiatives, and adjusts its actions properly to adhere to its commitments.

Climate action plan 

DFDS will increase air quality in line with its comprehensive climate action plan. DFDS, with the climate plan;

  • To reduce CO2 emissions by 2030% by 45 and to become climate neutral by 2050,
  • To be a responsible neighbor that contributes to the reduction of pollution, waste and noise in the regions where they operate,
  • As a company operating in the seas, it aims to support research and education activities in this field with ocean creatures.

While DFDS plans to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 2008% from 2030 to 45, this figure corresponds to a 2019% decrease between 2030 and 32. DFDS has reduced its CO² emissions by 2019% since 4. It continued to increase its efficiency and reduce its emissions by lowering its average fuel consumption. The main factors behind this are new efficient tonnage, operational and technical improvements, and to reduce resistance on many ships; There have been innovative coating applications that prevent the formation of algae.

More than 20 projects 

DFDS achieved a 2008% improvement between 2020 and 21 as a company that continuously improves its operations and fuel efficiency. As it is necessary to increase the speed of implementation to reach the 2023 and 2030 targets, DFDS is necessary, such as fleet renewal and environmental upgrading, reducing friction in the water by optimizing the hydrodynamic performance of ships, and ensuring higher fuel efficiency of crew and shore support crews by improving decision support systems, and continuous improvements in energy consumption. It proceeds by detecting the actions. DFDS is actively developing and testing new propulsion and energy generation methods and participating in low-carbon fuel tests such as biofuels.

DFDS is running more than 2 projects aimed at reducing the CO10 emissions of its current fleet over the next 20 years. In addition, DFDS applied a better silicon-based hull coating in dry dock to four of its new Jinling vessels. This hull coating will be applied to the other two Jinling ships as well. This simple improvement allows less fuel to be used while reducing water resistance. With application to these four ships alone, DFDS is expected to reduce annual CO2 emissions by 4 to 6%, or 10.000 tons.

Towards zero emission 

The massive transition to zero emissions in transportation services requires our industry to replace its existing fossil fuel-dependent fleets with sustainable fuel ships made entirely from renewable energy.

By 2050, DFDS will replace fossil fuels with zero-emission fuels like ammonia, hydrogen or methanol. DFDS contributes to the development of a hydrogen plant in Copenhagen and an environmentally friendly ammonia production plant in Esbjerg to better understand the production of environmentally friendly fuels and contribute to their availability. With such projects, it aims to reduce the price difference between fossil fuels and renewable fuels and to maintain your commercial competitiveness.

In addition to all these, DFDS is actively participating in the EU's European Forum for Sustainable Maritime Transport (ESSF) and the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

Emission targets 

  • DFDS uses the formula "Gross Tonnage x travel distance" while reporting its greenhouse gas emission performance in full compliance with the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) greenhouse gas strategy.
  • In 2008, the company set a 17,1 target of 2 grams of CO2023 per GT / mile, based on a reference value of 12,4 grams of CO2 per GT / mile.
  • DFDS sets its 2030 target at 9,6 grams per GT / mile. Hence, it targets a 2008% decrease between 2030 and 45. The company recorded a 2008% decrease between 2020 and 21.
  • A 2030% drop above 2020 levels is required to reach the 29 target.

Coastal power supply 

DFDS plans to install coastal power supplies on ships as part of efforts to reduce local NOx and particulate matter emissions. Thus, it will be able to reduce emissions, harmful particle release and noise by deactivating backup engines while waiting in port. This will improve local air quality and zero emissions if renewable electricity sources are used. All newly built ships of DFDS have the function of coastal power systems, and the company carried out the final installation on the Oslo-Frederikshavn-Copenhagen route in 2020. The Port of Oslo completes its installation in 2020, while the new electric shore power supply system in Gothenburg will come online in January 2021. On the other hand, DFDS for coastal power supply in Copenhagen Copenhagen Malmo Port signed a letter of intent with the port company. Under the agreement, CMP will invest in a connection that makes full use of our existing deck installations.

Protection of ocean creatures 

DFDS continues to work effectively to remove or inactivate biological organisms before releasing ballast water into the marine ecosystem. As part of the Ballast Water Management program in 2020, DFDS installed eight more ships with ballast water treatment systems and installed new systems on a total of 20 ships. DFDS plans to install eight more systems by 2021 and to have ballast water treatment systems installed on all ships by 2024.

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