HHLA Chronicle

Founding of subsidiary Polzug. Ever since this event, the rail share has been continuously expanded and transportation moved from road to rail.


Preparation of the first carbon footprint report, which has been published annually ever since.



HHLA purchases electricity from renewable energy sources for the first time.

The first test runs with battery-powered automated guided vehicles (AGVs) are carried out.

HHLA becomes an environmental partner of the City of Hamburg and implements comprehensive measures to improve its environmental performance.

Together with the Michael Otto Foundation, HHLA launches the Aqua Agent project to teach primary school pupils the importance of water for people, the economy and nature.

Set up of photovoltaic systems on the roofs of the logistics centres at the CTA and CTT. These were two of the largest photovoltaic installations in Hamburg at the time.

HHLA receives the HanseGlobe, a sustainability award from the Hamburg Logistics Initiative, for its commitment to sustainable logistics.


The first 24 electric terminal vehicles and cars powered by electricity from renewable energy sources are put into operation.

The first sustainability report according to the GRI standard is published, which has been an integral part of the annual report ever since.


Implementation of a chemical/physical water treatment plant, which enabled the reduction of fresh water consumption by 80 %.


Launch of the Port Scouts: a project that offers pupils a look behind the scenes at Germany’s largest seaport.


HHLA puts into operation the world’s first shunting hybrid locomotive for heavy goods trains.


As the most sustainable operator of container terminals, HHLA is presented with the AFLAS Award in the “Best Green Terminal Operator” category.


HHLA surpasses its self-imposed goal of reducing CO2 emissions per container handled by at least 30 percent until 2020 ahead of schedule.


With Container Terminal Altenwerder (CTA), HHLA operates the world’s first container handling facility certified as climate-neutral.

With HHLA Pure, we offer our customers climate-neutral transportation into the European hinterland in addition to container handling at the Port of Hamburg.