A further two extended E-flexer vessels will be delivered to Stena Line in 2022
Stena Line is accelerating its emissions reduction strategy and plans to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by up to 30 per cent by 2030.
“Our ambition is to lead the development towards fossil-free shipping and sustainable transportation by sea,” said Niclas Mårtensson, CEO of Stena Line. “This requires that we need to break our dependence on fossil fuels and start reducing our total emissions, not only become more efficient per sailing and transported unit. Therefore, Stena Line has now chosen to set the ambitious target to reduce our total carbon dioxide emissions by 30 per cent by 2030, because in the end they need be zero."
Among the measures the shipping company is planning is the launch of the fossil fuel-free vessel Stena Elektra on the route between Gothenburg in Sweden, and Frederikshavn in Denmark. It is also investigating the use of fuels such as hydrogen, fuel cells and methanol, and will equip its entire fleet with its AI assistant Stena Fuel Pilot within two years. A further two extended E-flexer vessels, which are up to 30 per cent more energy efficient than previous vessels, will also be delivered to the company in 2022.
Stena Line reduced its total carbon dioxide emissions in 2020, as well as decreasing emissions per nautical mile by 2.3 per cent. These reductions put the company 10 years ahead of targets set by the International Maritime Organization.
“The main drivers behind the reduction of emission in 2020 are that we have introduced three new vessels which are up to 30 per cent more energy-efficient vessels on the Irish Sea,” said Erik Lewenhaupt, group head of sustainability at Stena Line. “We have also introduced renewable shore electricity during port calls in Kiel and five more ships in the fleet have been equipped with the Stena Fuel Pilot to support our captains in operating the vessels in the most energy-efficient way."
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