Hafnia believes in the importance of understanding the role we can play in sustainable practices in maritime energy transportation. By having a clear approach and strong management commitment to Sustainability, we are confident that Hafnia can become a better company in a better world.
Reducing environmental impact: a responsibility we embrace
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) estimates that shipping accounts for about 3% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Without action to decarbonise the sector, this figure could rise to 10% by 2050 as a result of increased demand from a growing and increasingly affluent global population.
Hafnia’s ambition is to be ‘best on water’. This means recognising the role our business plays within the wider climate narrative and taking meaningful steps to reduce our environmental impact. We pay close attention to our entire value chain and only collaborate with select suppliers that pass annual or biannual screenings to ensure their values and principles align with ours. We are committed to ongoing adaptation and innovation so we can continue to responsibly deliver the energy the world needs.
Greenhouse gas emissions and air quality
Our sustainability journey starts with decarbonisation, both within our own operations and across the shipping industry as a whole. Since 2020, Hafnia is a committed member of the “Getting to Zero Coalition”. Together with members across the entire maritime value chain, we participate in working group sessions on the topics of developing a “transition strategy for shipping decarbonisation”, “accelerating shipping decarbonisation through policy action” and calling on governments to support this transition through policy and market measures. Hafnia’s efforts around greenhouse gas emissions are focused on three key areas:
- Compliance with the IMO’s 2030 decarbonisation targets
- Vessel optimisation initiatives
- Low emissions vessels
Read more about our decarbonization journey, energy savings initiatives as well as low emissions vessels here.
Hafnia recognises that the ocean is a precious resource, supporting life around the world and enabling us to conduct our operations. As such, it is imperative that we treat it and the ecosystems within it with the utmost respect. We are serious about protecting our seas.
Read more about our environmental plan here.
Waste and plastic management
Hafnia recognizes that waste from the vessels pose a major threat to the environment.
We are compliant with MARPOL Annex V and any local regulations for the prevention of pollution by garbage from ships. Under MARPOL Annex V, garbage includes all kinds of food, domestic and operational waste, all plastics, cargo residues, incinerator ashes, cooking oil, fishing gear, and animal carcasses generated during the normal operation of the ship and liable to be disposed of continuously or periodically. In line with this regulation, every ship within our fleet carries a garbage management plan on board, which includes written procedures for minimising, collecting, storing, processing, and disposing of garbage, including the use of the equipment on board.
Over and above compliance, we understand the particular risk that plastic poses to marine ecosystems and are continually working to reduce the volume of plastic waste created by our operations. In 2021, we reduced overall plastic waste by 7.5% below 2020 levels.
We achieved our target by reducing procurement and use of single-use plastics, returning of packaging material to suppliers and compressing plastics using a compactor.
Read more about ship recycling here.
Our Ship Recycling Policy and Implementation plan can be read here.