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    Our commitment to the environment

    Protecting the environment and the earth’s natural resources has a high priority and long tradition at EUROGATE. We are conscious of our responsibility towards the environment, employees, customers and the community and view efficient environmental protection as an integrated, company-wide strategy. This strategy is based on the three pillars maximum efficiency, minimum emissions and maximum safety and precautions.

    We have clear goals for the future. With the introduction of an energy management system in compliance with DIN EN 50001, we have committed to steadily rationalising the specific energy utilisation at the EUROGATE container terminals. EUROGATE has set itself the clear target by 2020 to utilise 20% less energy per container and to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 25% compared to 2008.

    In the past few years a number of measures have been taken to continuously reduce the company’s ecological footprint. Our efforts concentrate on the most important areas of energy consumption within the company:

    • Vehicle technology and operating equipment
    • Energy-efficient container cranes
    • Optimised lighting
    • Climate-friendly energy production
    • Heating and ventilation technology for buildings

    Environmental activities

    Our staff consistently work on improving our environmental impact and protecting the earth’s resources in many small steps that are lived on a day-to-day basis.

    • Energy-efficient port transport

      Energy-efficient port transport

      Energy-efficient port transport

      Reducing CO2 emissions of handling vehicles – so-called straddle carriers – is the main focus of our intra-port transport operations. More efficient engine technology and switching to diesel-electric drives reduces emissions by up to percent. EUROGATE is also looking into the potential to be gained from using alternative fuels such as LNG or hydrogen. Some terminal vehicles already run on LNG. All new container gantries are additionally fitted with highly efficient LED lighting. In order to promote electromobility EUROGATE has installed an electric charging station at its Bremerhaven location. Further energy savings can be made through various operational measures such as minimising shunting operations within the terminal.

    • Efficient container cranes

      Efficient container cranes

      Efficient container cranes

      By utilising energy released when containers are lowered or the driver’s cab comes to a halt, up to 25 percent of the energy can be fed back into the power mains system. This corresponds to an annual reduction in C02 emissions of some 4,400 t. Potential savings to be made in stand-by operation and lighting are currently being examined.

    • Optimised lighting

      Optimised lighting

      Optimised lighting

      By optimising the lighting control system, it has been possible to reduce energy consumption at the EUROGATE Container Terminal Hamburg by 25 percent. The luminaires used at the new container terminal in Wilhelmshaven meet the highest energy standards. Current tests using LED luminaires for the central gate illumination in Hamburg have demonstrated significant energy savings of up to 80 percent compared to conventional lamps.

    • Heating and ventilation technology for buildings

      Heating and ventilation technology for buildings

      Heating and ventilation technology for buildings

      Renewing the air conditioning system at the computer centre in Hamburg has brought savings of 30 percent per year. Potential savings to be made from the installation of heat pumps are currently being examined. In future it is planned to monitor “heating”, “ventilation” and “hot water” consumption separately in each building in order to be able to more accurately identify optimisation potential.

    • Climate-friendly energy production

      Climate-friendly energy production

      Climate-friendly energy production

      Integrating renewables into EUROGATE’s energy supply system is an important step in lowering emissions of harmful greenhouse gases.

      As a move in this direction four photovoltaic systems with a total output of 73 kWp have been installed at the terminal sites. Taken together the systems produce some 67,000 kWh of electricity annually which is fed directly and without any distribution losses into the terminal’s power grid, saving approx. 40 t of CO2 a year.

      Operation of EUROGATE’s first wind turbine began in Hamburg in 2013. EUROGATE is the first terminal operator to generate its electricity directly from its own wind power. The wind turbine generates 8.7 million kWh of electricity every year, almost half the electricity required by the EUROGATE Container Terminal Hamburg (CTH). A second wind turbine went into operation at the Bremerhaven location at the beginning of 2015 and provides EUROGATE Container Terminal Bremerhaven (CTB) with 9 m kWh of “green power”. Both wind turbines save 9,000 tonnes of CO2 a year – relative to the national average.”