Connecting the world across oceans – sustainably: Hapag-Lloyd presents Sustainability Report 2021

In 2021, Hapag-Lloyd made its holistic sustainability strategy the fourth pillar of its “Strategy 2023”. With its Sustainability Report 2021, the carrier documents its consistently pursued path to sustainable shipping and presents the progress and results of its ecological, social and qualitative measures.

Focus topics and goals

Hapag-Lloyd takes a holistic view of sustainability. Thus, its strategic goals for the next 10 years relate to three focus areas: “Clean Shipping and Future-Proof Propulsion”, “Diversity and Society”, and “Compliance and Responsibility”. For its sustainable transformation, Hapag-Lloyd designates decarbonisation as one of its most important goals and aims to operate all its vessels in a climate-neutral way by using alternative fuels by 2045. On the way to net-zero emissions, the shipping line is setting itself an interim target for 2030 of reducing the carbon intensity of its entire fleet by 30 per cent compared to 2019 (measured by the Energy Efficiency Operational Indicator (EEOI)).

Clear mission: Shipping for a cleaner future

These goals can only be achieved with future-proof propulsion systems. That is why Hapag-Lloyd invested in twelve new containerships. Each ship with a capacity of 23,500+ TEU and a dual-fuel propulsion system, will be able to run on conventional fuel, fossil methane gas (LNG) and future alternative fuels. In addition, Hapag-Lloyd carried out tests with selected biofuel propellants for the operation of its A19 and A15 ship classes in 2021 and, thanks to the successful certification, it will now be able to operate 16 ships with these fuels.

“Sustainability is an integral part of our corporate strategy. As a global shipping company, the world’s oceans are literally our playing field, and we are committed to making an important contribution to our industry’s journey towards zero-carbon shipping”, says Rolf Habben Jansen, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd. “We are pursuing the decarbonisation of our fleet with great determination.”

Committed to caring: Socially responsible

The Sustainability Report 2021 also presents Hapag-Lloyd’s actions in society and at the community level. To promote global social activities, the carrier has developed the “Hapag-Lloyd Cares” programme, which supports regional and local educational projects, humanitarian aid and marine preservation activities. Hapag-Lloyd also cooperates on a global level with humanitarian and ecological organisations like the United Nations Children’s Fund UNICEF as well as the world-famous skipper Boris Herrmann and his Team Malizia.

The current Hapag-Lloyd Sustainability Report 2021 can be found here.

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About Hapag-Lloyd
With a fleet of 253 modern container ships and a total transport capacity of 1.8 million TEU, Hapag-Lloyd is one of the world’s leading liner shipping companies. The Company has around 14,100 employees and 421 offices in 137 countries. Hapag-Lloyd has a container capacity of approximately 3.1 million TEU – including one of the largest and most modern fleets of reefer containers. A total of 126 liner services worldwide ensure fast and reliable connections between more than 600 ports on all the continents. Hapag-Lloyd is one of the leading operators in the Transatlantic, Middle East, Latin America and Intra-America trades.

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Such statements are based on a number of assumptions, estimates, projections or plans that are inherently subject to significant risks, uncertainties and contingencies. Actual results can differ materially from those anticipated in the Company’s forward-looking statements.

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