GOTHENBURG: Stena Line has announced plans to reduce total CO2 emissions 30 percent by 2030 on its way to being carbon-free in 2050.
The company said emissions fell 2.3 percent per nautical mile sailed in 2020 due to the introduction of three energy-efficient vessels on Irish routes, using renewable shore electricity during port calls in Kiel, and equipping five more ships with AI-assisted fuel management programmes.
Stena Line’s carbon roadmap for the next 8.5 years covers four key areas: electrification of shipping, alternative fuels usage, fleet modernisation and greater use of AI.
“Our ambition is to lead the development towards fossil-free shipping and sustainable transportation by sea. 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,” observed CEO Niclas Mårtensson.
Since 2018 the Stena Jutlandica battery hybrid has operated between Gothenburg and Fredrikshamn and by 2030 it will be replaced by the electric-powered Stena Elektra. Green electricity is already supplied at 25 percent of the company’s terminals during port calls and last year led to a 13,000-ton reduction in CO2-equivalent emissions.
In 2015 the company introduced the world's first ferry between Gothenburg and Kiel capable of using diesel and methanol and in 2021 will test the use of methanol recovered from residual steel production gases.
Last year three ‘E-Flexer’ ferries, up to 30 percent more energy efficient than previous vessels, began operating on the Irish Sea and are capable of using gas or methanol fuel. Two more will join the Stena fleet next year.
In 2020 the AI ‘Stena Fuel Pilot’ was installed on ferries operating between Sweden, Germany and Denmark. The plan is a fleet-wide rollout within two years to reduce fuel consumption by up to 5.0 percent per ship per sailing.
The Stena Lines sustainability strategy centres around five of the UN Sustainable Development Goals - Gender Equality, Affordable and Clean Energy, Responsible Consumption & Production, Health & Wellbeing and Life Below Water.
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