Reducing our impact
“DFDS’ over-arching goal for its environmental work is to develop the operation of our ships and other activities towards consumption of less energy and less impact per transported unit on the surrounding environment.”
DFDS is committed to reducing its energy consumption and impact on the environment by improving its operations and activities on an ongoing basis. We regularly record and analyse our energy consumption and environmental impact, and disseminate information about our environmental policy among our staff in order to ensure a high degree of awareness about environmental issues. We continuously develop and extend our technical expertise in order to secure constant progress in the direction of more sustainable operations.
Much of DFDS’ impact on the surrounding environment is associated with the operation of marine vessels and our environmental work is therefore focused on reducing emissions from ships, as well as on developing and implementing new environmental technology for use at sea.
Environmental work at sea
The marine environment is protected by national and international laws and regulations, and DFDS respects and supports the continued development of rules designed to make shipping more sustainable.
DFDS is focused on reducing the emission of harmful substances in connection with the use of fuel by marine engines. In particular, the work is directed at cutting emissions of CO2 , NOx, SOx and particles into the atmosphere.
Fuel oil consumption is measured daily on all ships, and is reported and analysed continuously with a view to drawing up reports on consumption trends for each ship, each route area and the fleet as a whole. In 2007, DFDS set the goal of reducing Co2 emissions by 10% over a five-year period, based on consumption per capacity unit (measured in GT: Gross Tons) per nautical mile.
In 2010, the consumption of bunkers per GT per nautical mile was 3.6% lower than in 2009 (excluding Norfolkline). Since 2007, consumption has fallen by 7.9%, and DFDS is thus well under way to achieving the goal of a 10% reduction in energy consumption over five years.