DFDS unveils ‘ambitious’ climate plan

The Danish shipping and logistics group has set itself a target of becoming a climate neutral company by 2050.

As part of the plan, DFDS is also aiming for a relative reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by close to 45% fr

om 2008 to 2030 which corresponds to an approximate reduction of 25%-35% between 2019 and 2030.

The Copenhagen-headquartered company, which is also engaged in rail and land-based haulage and container activities, emitted two million tonnes of CO2 in 2019, 90% of which was from its vessels.

Continuing to do so, the company said, ‘would have a negative impact on the environment and climate.’

DFDS’ response to this is a new strategic climate action plan that it says will result in the company becoming climate neutral by 2050.

The plan consists of two overall tracks covering the tonnage adaption in short term and long term, as well as a third track ‘getting the house in order’ that covers all other things like facilities and terminal equipment.

The short-term tonnage adaption plan consists of initiatives to be implemented throughout the next 10 years, resulting in close to 45% reduction from 2008 to 2030, and widely consists of minor technical upgrades, including solutions like the use of the correct coatings on vessel hulls and decision support systems. But the fleet will also undergo major upgrades, like modifications of bulbs and propellers.

The long-term tonnage adaption plan relates to how the company replaces fossil fuels with the new generation of zero emission fuel and focuses on DFDS’ new generation of ships.

‘The new sustainable fuels are renewable energy stored in the form of for instance ammonia, hydrogen, or methanol,’ DFDS said. ‘Storing, handling and using these new fuels is very different to how we do things today. We need to learn a lot to be able to make the right strategic decisions.’

Projects and partnerships are expected to help the company learn and share knowledge and reach its goals.

The third track – ‘getting the house in order’ – addresses the remaining 10% of DFDS’ total emissions and features initiatives such as electric trucks, energy consumption for buildings and hybrid/electric company cars.

DFDS CEO Torben Carlsen said: ‘I am very happy that we now have this ambitious and comprehensive climate action plan in place,’ adding, ‘with the support of every one of our employees, we will be able to turn this plan into reality and at the same time continue our existing efforts to support the environment and local communities.’

Rhys Berry

Rhys Berry