The Hamburg Süd shipping group has received this year’s HANSE GLOBE award from Logistik-Initiative Hamburg. The initiative’s aim in bestowing the award is to recognise logistics companies or institutions which implement particularly sustainable and forward-looking projects, thereby making an important contribution to the conservation of natural resources.
The shipping group was honoured for the design and implementation of an IT system which permits systematic, standardised and real-time collection, transmission and evaluation of environmental data and fuel consumption levels in the company’s fleet of vessels. The GLEM (Germanischer Lloyd Emission Manager) project was set up in 2011 together with partner Germanischer Lloyd (now DNV GL). Following a joint three-year development period, 124 of Hamburg Süd’s globally operated company-owned and chartered container ships have been successively fitted with the GLEM software since 2014.
The prize was accepted by Dr Ottmar Gast, Chairman of the Executive Board of Hamburg Süd, at the award ceremony in Hamburg’s town hall: “Sustainability is an indispensable component of Hamburg Süd’s corporate philosophy. With GLEM we have created an essential prerequisite for more effective environmental and fuel accounting. GLEM supports us in achieving our ambitious self-imposed environmental targets, such as reducing the specific CO2 emissions per unit of transport output (TEUkm) by 45 per cent compared to 2009 levels by the year 2020.”
GLEM makes Hamburg Süd one of the first shipping companies to be well prepared for the European Union’s fuel measurement, reporting and verification requirements, which come into force in January 2018.
In their assessment of the twelve projects submitted, the distinguished panel of six experts for HANSE GLOBE 2015 considered such criteria as level of innovation, impact, scope, and the establishment of the project in the company. In his laudation, panel member Boris Winkelmann, CEO of parcel and express services provider DPD, accordingly highlighted the coherent concept as well as the high operational and long-term benefit of GLEM.
The award ceremony was held on 4 November 2015 following the 9th Hamburg Logistics Dinner.