Climate-neutral terminal retains status

Container Terminal Altenwerder HHLA said technical innovation, automation and digitalisation make climate-neutral container handling possible at CTA. Photo: HHLA / Thies Rätzke

The only certified climate-neutral container terminal in the world has retained its status as it continues to reduce its carbon emissions.

TÜV Nord, which certified the climate neutrality of Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG's (HHLA) Port of Hamburg-based Container Terminal Altenwerder (CTA) last year for the first time, has now reconfirmed its rating.

Angela Titzrath, chairwoman of HHLA’s executive board, said: “Anyone familiar with HHLA knows that we do not simply rest on our laurels. Though climate and environmental protection have receded into the background due to the coronavirus pandemic, this does not mean the need to act has diminished. Regardless of the current challenges, HHLA remains firmly committed to its climate protection goals.”

This means halving its absolute carbon emissions by 2030 compared with 2018 and achieving climate neutrality in the Group by 2040.

Innovation is key

HHLA said technical innovation, automation and digitalisation make climate-neutral container handling possible at CTA. The 14 container gantry cranes for seaborne handling, the 52 gantry cranes in the container storage blocks and the four rail-mounted gantry cranes at the rail terminal, the Kombi-Transeuropa Terminal Hamburg (KTH), are all powered by 100% green electricity.

Half of the approximately 100 container transporters (Automated Guided Vehicles/AGVs) at CTA already run on lithium-ion batteries. Two-thirds of the fleet will be replaced by the fast-charging battery technology by the end of this year and by 2022, all AGVs will have been switched.

Avoid, reduce, offset

The focus of technical enhancements is the avoidance or reduction of carbon emissions under economic conditions. HHLA offsets terminal processes for which this is not yet possible, due for instance to a lack of viable technical solutions, by means of emission reduction certificates. The goal is to consistently reduce the portion that is offset. Last year the carbon footprint at CTA was reduced by a further 6.4% which therefore did not require compensation.

At the same time, HHLA is working with manufacturers on the development of new technological solutions. For example, prototype tests of battery-powered tractor units for use between block storage and the rail terminal are currently being carried out.

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