HAPAG-Lloyd is introducing a new service called Ship Green, which it says is for climate-friendly transportation based on biofuel.

The ocean carrier said the service is accessible from anywhere at any time and requires no long-term commitment. In the first rollout stage, customers can add Ship Green as an additional service to their existing bookings.

“With Ship Green, customers can choose among three different options, representing different levels of avoidance in carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions: 100%, 50% or 25% of their shipment’s ocean-leg CO2e emissions,” Hapag-Lloyd said.

“The emissions avoidance results from the use of biofuel instead of conventional marine fuel oil within Hapag-Lloyd’s fleet. “

The company said it would guarantee that it uses biofuel from second-generation feedstock sourced from certified supply chains and produced from waste material, such as brown grease or used cooking oil.

It also said no edible virgin oils are included in the fuel. The avoided emissions are allocated to shipments with the so-called book-and-claim approach, meaning that Hapag-Lloyd can attribute avoided CO2e emissions to all ocean-leg transports regardless of the vessel and route used. At present, Ship Green is only available for dry cargo, but it will be expanded to other cargo types in the future.

Hapag-Lloyd CEO Rolf Habben Jansen said: “At Hapag-Lloyd, we are committed to making it easier for our customers to avoid emissions and contribute to decarbonisation. With our new Ship Green solution, we are offering our customers an easy and flexible way to reduce their environmental footprint and make their supply chain more sustainable”.