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Hapag-Lloyd and IKEA Join Forces for Greener Shipping Solutions

Hapag-Lloyd has partnered with IKEA Supply Chain Operations to decarbonize container shipments originating from Asia, setting a significant precedent for cleaner shipping practices.

For the period spanning March 2024 to February 2025, both companies have committed to utilizing Hapag-Lloyd’s top-tier biofuel option, “Ship Green 100”, which prioritizes waste- and residue-based biofuel over conventional marine fuel oil. This collaboration is projected to result in a notable reduction of approximately 100,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions for IKEA during the specified timeframe.

Danny Smolders, Managing Director of Global Sales at Hapag-Lloyd, emphasized the importance of this partnership, stating, “IKEA stands as one of our valued customers, known for its unwavering commitment to sustainability. By joining forces, we are reducing CO2 emissions significantly, bringing us closer to our goal of net-zero fleet operations by 2045.”

IKEA has set ambitious targets to reduce relative GHG emissions from their product transportation by 70% by 2030, with the ultimate aim of exclusively utilizing zero-emission heavy-duty vehicles and ocean vessels by 2040.

Dariusz Mroczek, Category Area Transport Manager at IKEA Supply Chain Operations, highlighted the significance of collaborative efforts in emission reduction, stating, “Efforts like this one allow us to reduce immediate emissions from ocean shipping in the short-term. However, biofuel is not the ultimate solution, and we need to continue collaborating to make the necessary shift toward zero-emission fuels and technologies.”

This partnership between Hapag-Lloyd and IKEA signifies a significant stride forward in the maritime industry’s pursuit of sustainability, where collaboration and innovation converge to create a greener future for global shipping. Both companies are committed to leading the way in environmentally conscious practices, setting a benchmark for the industry as a whole.

Hapag-Lloyd has introduced the Ship Green product to offer customers emission-reduced ocean transports, allowing for varying degrees of CO2 emission avoidance (100%, 50%, or 25%) based on biofuel usage. This offering is available for all shipment types, including standard, reefer, hardtop, or tank equipment.

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