ECO Delivery

Your sustainable choice

Your benefits from ECO Delivery:

Real CO₂ reduction

Unlike CO₂ offsets, which entail compensating for CO₂ emissions such as by planting trees, ECO Delivery reduces CO₂ emissions immediately, at the source.

Active contribution

You make an active contribution to climate protection and help to make supply chains more sustainable.

Achieve your goals

With ECO Delivery, you can achieve your sustainability goals even faster.

Verified certificate

You receive a certificate verified by independent experts showing the amount of CO₂ you have saved and thereby make your commitment visible to important stakeholders.

Demonstrate accountability

ECO Delivery is an impactful and credible solution to demonstrate and document your company’s accountability towards a more sustainable supply chain to your stakeholders.

Encourage market creation

You encourage the creation of a market for low-carbon fuels.

Using ECO Delivery is this easy:


1. When concluding your contract, you opt for ECO Delivery. A surcharge will be applied for each loaded container, which will vary depending on the route and type of container.

2. We will invest 100 per cent of your ECO Delivery surcharge in sustainable, low-carbon biofuel from waste resources, which we will feed into our network.

3. At the end of your contract period, you will receive a verified certificate stating the amount of CO₂ you saved by opting for ECO Delivery transports.

You will find the terms & conditions for ECO Delivery here.

Certified and verified


For ECO Delivery, we only use sustainable, low-carbon and second-generation biofuels that are certified according to the industry-leading standards of the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC). The certificates on the CO₂ emission savings follow the standards of the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) and are verified by an independent third party.

Frequently Asked Questions

Until recently, Tank-to-Wake/Wheel (TTW) had been the way CO₂ emissions were calculated across the logistics industry. Now the industry is transitioning from TTW to Well-to-Wake/Wheel (WTW) CO₂e calculations, which takes upstream CO₂ emissions from extraction, processing, and distribution of fuels into account as well. This is becoming important as we see different kinds of fuels starting to be utilised across the different transport modes. As different fuels have different WTW emissions, this differentiation matters in order to identify the lowest transport emission footprint of different fuels. On a WTW basis, our biofuel reduces CO₂ emissions by up to 84 per cent compared to bunker fuels. The emission savings are based on the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterial (RSB) methodology and verified by an independent auditor. Read more about TTW and WTW calculations here.

Deciding on the scope of cover for carbon-reduced shipping is the first step. As a flexible product, you can choose whether your entire contracted volume or only certain bookings, for example on selected corridors, are to be shipped in carbon-reduced manner. Ask your account manager or sales representative to add ECO Delivery as an add-on to your ocean contract. Your respective selection will apply as from the time of booking.

ECO Delivery is priced on the biofuel required to replace the fuel oil that would otherwise have been needed to transport the containers. An ECO Delivery surcharge will be added to your usual Ocean freight invoice and shown in a separate line on your invoice. This means that your existing contract rates for ocean transportation will remain unchanged and a surcharge will only apply to those containers which have been tagged with ECO Delivery and are shipped with reduced carbon emissions accordingly.

We have limited amounts of biofuel available today. As the market demand increases, so too will the industry supporting it improve the production and distribution of biofuel. Hamburg Süd is a member in the Clean Cargo Working Group (CCWG) as part of the Maersk group and we act as a licensed buyer and user of biofuel. We are monitoring market developments closely.

All biofuel we purchase is subject to certification by International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC). ISCC is a certification system for all sustainable raw materials and markets, the entire supply chain from raw material to end product is certified and traceable through documentation. ISCC complies with the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) and the Fuel Quality Directive (FQD) of the European Commission. Since 2011, the RED and FQD build the legal framework for the implementation of renewable energy targets for the transport sector in the European Union. Read more here.

Interested in ECO Delivery?


We will be happy to advise you! Contact us to learn more about opting for more sustainable transport:

Niklas Witte
Sustainability Manager

Sustainability at Hamburg Süd