Climate protection and the careful stewardship of natural resources are of particular importance in HHLA’s sustainability strategy. Terminals located close to cities must be planned and operated with special attention paid to reducing their environmental impact. Therefore, topics such as the design of eco-efficient transport chains, climate protection, area optimisation and resource conservation are at the core of our environmental responsibility. By being a climate partner of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, HHLA voluntarily undertakes to implement comprehensive measures to improve its environmental performance.

Environmentally friendly logistics chains

HHLA optimises all the steps of intelligent container logistics. With HHLA Pure, we offer our customers not only climate-neutral container handling at the Port of Hamburg but also climate-neutral transportation into the European hinterland. HHLA subsidiary Metrans achieves this through energy-efficient trains and carrying wagons as well as particularly efficient operational processes.

The world’s first climate-neutral container terminal

CTA in Hamburg is the world’s first container handling facility to be certified climate-neutral. Primarily it is powered by green electricity, but how do the electrified processes work? 

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Area optimisation

The efficient planning of infrastructure and superstructure is key to developing port terminals for optimal land usage. For HHLA, area optimisation at its terminals is a central concern. Starting with the optimal design of the traffic flow, we achieve a high degree of optimisation through our storage crane systems.

At the Container Terminal Burchardkai (CTB), storage capacity can be doubled by using the storage crane systems since lanes are no longer needed for the automatic yard and the containers can be stacked up higher.

We also increase our seaborne handling capacity, particularly by employing tandem container gantry cranes that can move up to four 20-foot containers at the same time. All our efforts are geared towards achieving the most efficient area optimisation possible.

Power station for container ships

First for cruise ships, now also for container ships: shore-side power stations are being built in the Port of Hamburg. What are the advantages?

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Climate protection and energy efficiency

HHLA wants to have cut its total CO2 emissions at least in half by 2030, and be climate-neutral by 2040. At the Container Terminal Altenwerder (CTA) today, we demonstrate just how the change to an electrified and automated terminal powered mostly by electricity from renewable energy sources can be achieved. The heat supply for the main building and workshop at the Container Terminal Tollerort (CTT) comes from climate-neutral energy generated at a nearby waste water treatment plant. We are also able to reach a high degree of energy efficiency through the continuous optimisation of processes. The simultaneous loading and discharging of ships reduces superfluous movements and accelerates handling. The usage of state-of-the-art, consumption-optimised devices and vehicles reduces energy consumption.

FRESH: stabilty for german energy grid

The goal is to integrate the battery capacities of the automated guided container transport vehicles (AGVs) at CTA as flexible storage units that contribute to the grid stability of the German energy network.

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Climate and resource protection

We protect the environment by using resources carefully. Some of the main components of our vehicles as well as tyres are recycled after usage to increase their useful life. Our heavily used areas are frequently renovated: we use the slag from waste incineration plants for the renovation of surfaces. This means that this waste no longer has to be disposed of and that no new natural resources are employed.

Through its centrally coordinated waste management, HHLA is able to ensure the recycling of waste or its usage for generating energy. In addition to that, we were able to reduce our fresh water use at the Container Terminal Burchardkai by 80 % through the construction and operation of a liquid waste processing system. Step by step, we are trying to further reduce our resource consumption. This extends to print media, which is produced either from fully recycled or FSC/PEFC-certified paper.