In its most recent Sustainability Report, Stena Line details how the savings have been achieved through higher vessel utilisation, the use of renewable electricity during port operation and lay times, and making shore power available at 20% of its terminals. A range of other initiatives have also contributed to the savings.
They include using battery packages on board ship in at onshore terminals for electric vehicles, and providing priority access to e-trucks on ferries, the company said. A pilot project is assessing the feasibility of using recycled methanol from the steel industry as a shipping fuel.
The measures all come as part of the company’s aim to reduce total carbon dioxide emissions from its ships by 30% by 2030.
Niclas Mårtensson, Stena Line CEO, commented: “At Stena Line we have a broad approach to sustainability, based on care – care for our customers, care for our resources and care for each other.
“As we strive to reduce energy consumption in all of our operations, I am proud that by introducing our new E-Flexer ferries in our route network, we made significant steps in further improving our overall efficiency during operations. But aside from technological and operational means, it is as important to work hard on structures and culture to become an even more sustainable company and contribute to our societal responsibilities.”
The company’s head of Sustainability, Maria Tornvall, added: “Yes, the future is challenging on various levels, but with a clear roadmap towards a net-zero future and an even better workplace, defined steps how to reach targets, and not the least the dedication of all of us, there are a lot of reasons for optimism.”