Green logistics with HHLA Pure

The future of logistics is carbon-free. It is the only way we can harmonise the rise in goods transportation with our climate protection objectives. Carbon neutral logistics with HHLA Pure is making this future a reality today. By cleverly combining a variety of solutions, we offer our customers certified climate-neutral transport.*

Grüne Logistik und klimaneutraler Transport ins europäischen Hinterland durch Metrans mit HHLA Pure

With HHLA Pure, we offer our customers climate-neutral throughput and transport of their goods from our terminals in the Port of Hamburg all the way to the European hinterland. Our Container Terminal Altenwerder has been certified climate-neutral by TÜV Nord. This makes it the first in the world to be able to back this claim with a certificate. And our rail subsidiary METRANS, one of the leading private rail operators in Europe, plays a key role when it comes to clean transportation. The future belongs to eco-friendly logistics. HHLA Pure is making this future a reality today.


Because protecting the environment has always been very important to us, we didn’t have to think for long about whether we wanted to get involved.

Jakob Weets | Emden-based logistics service provider Weets Group

Green logistics – Your benefits

  • Active contribution to climate protection
  • A key component of your sustainability strategy
  • Detailed documentation
  • Certificates for your customers
  • Low additional cost

Arguments for green logistics with HHLA Pure

How can companies establish climate-neutral logistics processes in their supply chains and document them reliably for themselves as well as your customers? HHLA Pure is the perfect solution! Because we not only ensure that any carbon dioxide emissions are eliminated or compensated at every step in our logistics chains, our certificate proves it. In light of today’s increasing demand for climate-neutral transportation, this can be an important factor for our customers when dealing with their business partners and the public.

What distinguishes true sustainability? Using a resource responsibly to ensure that it remains available long into the future. This applies not only to raw materials, but also to processes such as transportation. This is why global goods flows are increasingly relying on green logistics solutions. HHLA Pure focuses on ensuring the successful implementation of every process involved in container logistics. We are continuously expanding our package of measures further to ensure that every single customer can benefit and improve their carbon footprint with HHLA Pure.

How can companies take advantage of the diversity within container logistics to reduce their carbon footprint? With HHLA Pure, they have access to a variety of measures for carbon neutral logistics – all from a single source! Because HHLA Pure combines numerous solutions for the logistics and warehousing processes between seaports and hinterland into a single, powerful product. And as HHLA Pure ensures that each element is perfectly tailored to the others, its potential to achieve completely climate-neutral logistics is greater than the sum of its individual innovations.

Why does our innovative HHLA Pure service have such an impressive history? Because HHLA has always recognised the importance of providing logistics services at the Port of Hamburg and at its international subsidiaries that offer customers the best and most efficient solutions available. Throughout HHLA’s diverse history, this value is something that has never changed. Which is why we have developed HHLA Pure: for this age of closely integrated, international goods flows and the highest demand for climate-neutral logistics processes.


How can companies demonstrate, transparently and credibly, that they implement green logistics measures? By integrating HHLA Pure into their supply chain. Because our certified carbon-neutral container handling process at the Port of Hamburg is both a reflection of our innovative technical solutions and reliable documentation of the emissions reductions we have achieved. HHLA not only optimises the processes at the container terminals themselves, but also offers climate-neutral rail transport to take goods on to Eastern and Southern Europe.

Why is HHLA Pure a project set to last? Because it already enables us to provide a compelling response to the kinds of logistics requirements companies will be dealing with more and more in the coming years! HHLA Pure not only focuses on reducing CO² emissions through an ongoing shift towards environmentally friendly electric vehicles, it also involves continuously reassessing our logistics processes and increasing their efficiency with intelligent measures.


Clean solution for the supply chain

HHLA optimises all the steps of intelligent container logistics. This makes handling and transport eco-friendly. That is the foundation of HHLA Pure.

Container handling: AGVs as intelligent power stores

The automotive industry is still waiting for electromobility’s big break. At HHLA, the electrification of all logistics processes has been running at full speed for a long time – for example with the electric, emission-free and automated container transporters (AGV, right) at the Container Terminal Altenwerder (CTA). While power­ing up, they are able to compensate for fluctuations in the green electricity supply using their intelligent technology.

Container handling: Hybrid technology for straddle carriers

HHLA relies on a broad range of new technologies to make its container logistics eco-friendly. This includes electrified crane systems, the smart management of processes in block storage and straddle carriers with hybrid drive systems (left) at the Container Terminals Tollerort (CTT) and Burchardkai (CTB). These vehicles use the energy from braking for their electric drives, which considerably reduces fuel consumption and emissions.

Container transport: Clean through Europe with METRANS

The long-distance overland transport of goods is particularly efficient by rail. The HHLA subsidiary Metrans achieves this with electric locomotives. To make this carbon-neutral logistics model work across borders, the locomotives are compatible with the energy systems of seven European countries. At the port itself, the heaviest shunting work is performed by hybrid locomotives.

Container transport: Eco-friendly connection

More efficient processes in truck logistics are brought forth by the “Fuhre 4.0” programme, which also protects resources. HHLA’s own upcoming innovations include, for example, tractor units powered by electricity. They will be used at CTA between block storage and the rail terminal.

* The respective (on the different relations) CO2 footprint includes all work steps necessary to provide the service. The calculation of the CO2 footprint takes into account emissions from stationary and mobile combustion (natural gas, diesel) as well as from imported electricity. The CO2 footprint verified by TÜV NORD CERT GmbH was offset by Gold Standard compensation projects in accordance with TN-CC 020 Standard. The calculation of the carbon footprint of the HHLA COntainer Termonal Altenwerder takes into account emissions from stationary and mobile combustion (natural gas, diesel), from imported electricity, emissions from commuter traffic and upstream chains of the energy sources used. The carbon footprint verified by TÜV NORD CERT GmbH according to DIN ISO 14064-3:2020 was offset by Gold Standard compensation projects in accordance with TN-CC 020 Standard.


Sustainability strategy Balanced Logistics

It is our aspiration to combine ecological, social and economic interests in order to make our company future-proof. We underline this with our "Balanced Logistics" sustainability strategy.

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Contact persons

Volker Werner


Managing Director

Phone +49 40 3088-2573

Mobile +49 176 30882573

Thomas Funk


Director Sales, Coordinator CT Odessa (Ukraine)

Phone +49 40 3088-2374

Mobile +49 176 30882374