Positive numbers for Stena Line in this year’s sustainability report

- the emission of sulphur was reduced by 50% during 2015

Stena Lines strategic efforts within the sustainability area focusing on reducing the environmental footprint continue. Stena AB’s sustainability report for 2015, which has now been published, shows reduced fuel consumption and lowered emissions for the shipping companies within Stena. Stena Line exceeds the targets for reduction of emissions of sulphur and CO2. 

One of the largest changes for the shipping industry was conducted in the beginning of 2015 as new tough regulations on sulphur emissions was introduced for ferry operators in Northern Europe. This regulation means that the permitted emission levels of sulphur from vessels has been reduced from maximum 1 percent to 0,1 per cent within the SECA area from January 1st2015.

For Stena’s shipping companies, with 93 vessels operating all over the world, the new rules have resulted in a reduction of over 4 000 tonnes sulphur from 2014 to 2015, which equals a reduction of 15 per cent. For Stena Line’s 34 vessels operating in Europe, whereof 24 within the SECA area, the total emissions of sulphur has been reduced by 53 per cent. 

- Sustainability is a strategic priority for Stena Line. Focus on sustainability is not only important for Stena Line, but for the entire industry that needs long term sustainable fuel options to maintain competiveness. We are currently conducting several initiatives on finding alternative fuels within Stena. Our methanol project on Stena Germanica is one example. We are also looking at battery powered vessels, which is starting to become an interesting option for shipping, says Carl-Johan Hagman, CEO at Stena Line.

Stena’s shipping companies are since 2005 driving a dedicated program, called the Energy Saving Programme (ESP), to reduce the fuel consumption. The target is a reduction of 2,5 per cent annually and the result for 2015 was a reduction of 2,8 per cent. For Stena Line the efforts led to a reduction of fuel consumption of 4 per cent per nautical mile and a reduction of CO2 emissions of 2,5 per cent per nautical mile. 

- We have a broad scope and drive several different initiatives to reduce our fuel consumption within ESP. It covers everything from changing bulbs and propellers to enable our ferries to sail with reduced water resistance, to using digital solutions such as our Fuel Management System, where we collect a huge amount of data from the systems onboard our 34 ferries that is then used to optimize operations. The target is a reduction of CO2 emissions by 35% per nautical mile by 2030, says Erik Lewenhaupt.

Stena’s full Sustainability report.

For more information contact Erik Lewenhaupt, Head of Sustainability, +46 (0)704 85 51 88, or Jesper Waltersson, Press and Media manager, +46 (0)704 85 85 32.

Stena Line is one of the world's largest ferry operators with 34 ferries and 22 routes in northern Europe. Stena Line is developing new intermodal freight solutions by combining transport by rail, road and sea and it is an important part of the European logistics network. The company is family-owned, was founded 1962 and the head office is located in Gothenburg. Stena Line is part of the Stena Sphere, which has around 20.500 employees and a turnover of SEK 54 billion.

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Stena Line is one of Europe's leading ferry companies with 38 vessels and 21 routes in Northern Europe. Stena Line is an important part of the European logistics network and develops new intermodal freight solutions by combining transport by rail, road and sea. Stena Line also plays an important role for tourism in Europe with its extensive passenger operations. The company is family-owned, was founded in 1962 and is headquartered in Gothenburg. Stena Line is part of the Stena AB Group, which has about 15 000 employees and an annual turnover of around 36 billion SEK.

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