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Hapag-Lloyd Issues Sustainability Report

[ March 22, 2024   //   ]

German ocean line Hapag-Lloyd on Tuesday released its latest Sustainability Report, underlining the company’s commitment to pioneering sustainable practices in the maritime industry and reflecting its progress towards a more sustainable future.
As part of its goal to operate a net-zero fleet by 2045, Hapag-Lloyd reduced the absolute greenhouse gas emissions of its fleet by 800,000 tonnes in 2023 compared to the previous year. The carrier significantly increased the amount of bunkered biofuel blend to more than 200,000 tonnes.
2023 also saw the successful deployment of three of the company’s 12 new dual-fuel vessels, which can run on liquefied natural gas and future alternative fuels.
With the launch of Ship Green, a biofuel-based solution for emissions-reduced ocean transportation, Hapag-Lloyd offers customers to choose between three levels of CO2e reduction for their shipments.

Uniting for Change

Hapag-Lloyd joined forces with leaders global shipping lines A.P. Moller – Maersk, CMA CGM, MSC Mediterranean Shipping Co. and Wallenius Wilhelmson – to issue a statement calling for an end date for fossil fuel powered newbuilds. The declaration also urged the International Maritime Organization to create the regulatory conditions to ensure a successful energy transition and a level playing field for all players in the shipping industry.
In addition, Hapag-Lloyd joined the Green Corridor Consortium – an initiative between the ports of Rotterdam and Singapore that aims to drastically reduce emissions on this vital shipping route.

Elevating Social Responsibility
Hapag-Lloyd’s sustainability strategy includes having a positive social impact, as the company implemented measures to monitor and address human rights issues throughout its supply chain, promote diversity and inclusion in its workforce, and improve the working conditions of its seafarers.
Hapag-Lloyd’s local and global social engagement was also expanded in 2023 with new partnerships including One Earth – One Ocean and 4Life Solutions. These collaborations aim to help preserve the world’s oceans and clean drinking water.
As a leading shipping company, the company is firmly committed to helping to keep global warming in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement, for example through fleet optimization programs, the introduction of new propulsion technologies and the use of alternative fuels.
“It goes without saying that sustainable and responsible practices are of utmost importance to us,” said Rolf Habben Jansen, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd. “In today’s global landscape, decarbonization and social responsibility are imperatives, not choices, and we are firmly determined to do our part.”
Hapag-Lloyd operates a fleet of 266 modern container ships with total transport capacity of 2 million TEUs, on 113 liner services involving more than 600 ports. Its container inventory of 2.9 million TEUs, includes a modern fleet of refrigerated containers.
Our Focus on Sustainable Shipping, the full sustainability report for 2023, is available at

Hapag-Lloyd’s 19,000-TEU Al Nefud leaves the Port of Hamburg. PHOTO: Hamburg-Lloyd