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ZERO EMISSION: ferry operation covered by pure battery power on Rødby-Puttgarden

Scandlines has a vision: green ferry operation. We already operate with hybrid ferries which are much more eco-friendly than conventional ferries.

Our goal: ferry operation covered by pure battery power within a few years. That is our project ZERO EMISSION. 

We constantly reduce our energy consumption
Our current focus is on reducing our ferries' energy consumption per crossing. We are investing in energy efficiency and operational adjustments that lead to energy savings.

Since the opening of the route connecting Rødby in Denmark and Puttgarden in Germany, Scandlines has improved its concept for traffic machines to perfection: two crossings per hour in each direction, 24 hours per day, 365 days a year - that means more than 36,000 departures every year. And for this reason, even small adjustments may have a great impact.

The crossing of the 18.5 km route only takes 45 minutes, and disembarking and embarking is handled within 15 minutes. So the "beeline" is the fastest and most efficient route from Scandinavia to the European continent - and very soon, it can also become the most eco-friendly.  

Cooperation with environmental organizations
For a number of years, Scandlines has cooperated with NABU, the German Nature And Biodiversity Conversation Union
(Naturschutzbund Deutschland NABU e.V.). 
The cooperation has resulted in a continuous development of our green initiatives. NABU advises Scandlines regarding measures to make business more eco-friendly. Apart from ship operation there are also activities in process in other fields e.g. land management in ports, staff mobility and electricity supply.  

NABU also advises Scandlines regarding the transition to even more eco-friendly ferries, solely driven by battery power.
The goal for both parties: zero emission ferries within a few years.
Zero emission is only a few years away

The ferries' energy need is high, and the charging must be possible within the 15 minutes in the harbours.

The feasibility of our project within a few years has been confirmed by the independent analysis institute DNV GL.


The project is in full progress

We are in close dialog with cooperation partners within the fields of supplying, storing and transportation of energy. Moreover, we are in good contact with politicians and other relevant stakeholders.

We expect that the major part of the requested energy will be provided by excess capacities of the local wind energy. At the same time, battery capacities are increasing enormously these years – so the technical development on this fields is helping our project significantly.