Designing a single-family house in a climate-neutral way is almost standard today. Entire companies are now also designed and operated with a CO2 balance. But there is only one climate-neutral container terminal in the world: the HHLA Container Terminal Altenwerder. TÜV Nord recently confirmed this in its renewal of the relevant certificate.
CTA: A consistent sustainability strategy until 2040
The HHLA Container Terminal Altenwerder is considered to be groundbreaking for future container handling. This is ensured, among other things, by the high level of automation, innovative EDP systems and the design of their processes. Since the terminal went into operation in the summer of 2002, the number of standard containers handled annually has grown steadily. The annual handling capacity is currently 2.4 million TEU. The Kombi-Transeuropa Terminal Hamburg (KTH), which handles rail handling for the CTA, is the largest container terminal in Europe.
Above all, however, the sustainability strategy of the CTA is trend-setting. The operation is mainly electrified with green electricity. All terminal processes that are currently still causing CO₂ emissions will be switched to electrical operation. The operator, Hamburger Hafen und Logistik Aktiengesellschaft (HHLA), compensates for unavoidable CO₂ emissions through climate-friendly projects that are certified according to the gold standard according to VER (Voluntary Emission Reduction).
With these measures, the operator plans to halve the absolute CO2 emissions on the basis of 2018 by 2030 and to achieve climate neutrality for the entire group by 2040.
Successful re-certification after one year
This project seems to be working well so far: the HHLA Container Terminal Altenwerder significantly reduced its climate-damaging CO2 emissions by a further 6.4 percent last year. After TÜV Nord certified the system as climate-neutral for the first time in 2019, this rating was confirmed again in June 2020.
The technical equipment of the CTA illustrates how this goal is implemented in practice:
- The 14 container cranes for the waterside handling, the 52 gantry cranes in the container block storage and the four rail gantry cranes at the terminal station are operated 100 percent with green electricity.
- Half of the around 100 container transporters (Automated Guided Vehicles / AGV) used at the CTA are electrically operated with fast-charging lithium-ion batteries. By the end of 2020, two thirds and by 2022 all AGVs should have been converted to battery technology.