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Sea, sky, planet
Blue is the new Green
stands for the compatibility of
sustainability and performance

Photovoltaic systems have been installed on the roofs of several properties in Ostuferhafen and Ostseekai, which have been producing an average of 300,000 kilowatt hours a year since 2013. Since 2014, we have been covering our electricity needs entirely from renewable energies, thereby avoiding more than 1,900 tons of CO2 every year.
We are gradually converting all industrial vehicles to electric or hydrogen drives. The conversion to electric drive promises further CO2 savings of around 1,860 tons per year. By participating in test operations, we promote the development of alternative drives for tractors and forklifts. All other vehicles should be refueled with CO2-neutral GTL if possible.
The CO2 emissions from ships at their berths have already been significantly reduced in 2020/2021 thanks to the on-shore power systems (green electricity) at the Ostseekai, Schwedenkai and Norwegenkai. On-shore power will also be available in Ostuferhafen from 2023.
To keep our seas clean, it has been possible to discharge waste water at the Ostseekai since 2007, and even longer at the ferry docks. With the operation of the most modern reception facility for ship waste water on the German coast, we have been meeting the requirements that came into force in 2021 since June 2017.
We are expanding our intermodal terminals and promoting additional train connections in our port areas in order to divert as much traffic as possible to the environmentally friendly rail mode of transport.
We limit our business flights to the necessary minimum. For the business flights we do, we voluntarily pay climate protection contributions to the „atmosfair“ organisation. These donations are used to further develop renewable energy technology. More information: www.atmosfair.de
We use energy-efficient LED lighting technology in our properties. A matter of course for us. Thanks to previous measures, more than 675,000 kilowatt hours have been saved each year.
Even with multiple calls by cruise ships in the port, the limit values ​​for air quality are not exceeded. Especially during the cruise season, the measured values ​​are even lower than the annual average.
All our properties are supplied with green electricity. All (except for one last one, which will be exchanged in the future) obtain district heating from the local gas power plant (fuel efficiency of up to 92 percent and annual CO2 reduction of up to 60,000 tons compared to generation with coal).

The Baltic Sea.
Kiel is a port on the Baltic Sea, which due to its character is a very sensitive navigated and protected area. The regulations regarding vessel emissions, waste and waste-water disposal, oil tanker equipment, the usage of marine coatings and the discharge of ballast water are much more stringent here than in most other navigated areas in the world. The Baltic Sea is one of the cleanest navigated areas whatsoever – together with the coasts of the USA – not least because of its designation as an Emission Control Area (ECA). Shipping companies are investing in new technologies to make their vessels even more efficient and to reduce emissions on a sustained basis. We believe that the worldwide implementation of the 0.5 per cent threshold value for sulphur in vessel emissions as of 2020 is the right way towards a cleaner environment.

Over 90 percent of world trade, almost 95 percent of the European Union’s foreign trade and nearly 70 percent of the German im- and export are realized by seatrade. Maritime transport does not only provide the most powerful means of transport in international exchange of goods, but also the most efficient one with respect to transport-related energy consumption and subsequent pollution.

However, there is still room for improvement. We want to do our bit and become one of the flagship ports on the Baltic Sea. The port is continuing to grow. And this is advantageous in ecological terms as the shipping industry is the transport mode with the lowest emission of greenhouse gases, measured by the transport performance in ton kilometres.

We want to become one of the most environmental friendly ports of Europe.