Reduce food waste
We reduce food waste by serving individual portions made to order, putting smaller amounts of food on the buffet at the time and by having less dishes from which to choose. Furthermore, we weigh left overs in order to monitor how much food is wasted – and this has a positive effect on how much food is prepared.
We replace individual wastebaskets – each lined with a plastic bag – with designated waste bins in common areas. That way, the employees separate the waste as they dispose of it.
We separate all waste from our ferries either on board or in the harbours.
Well-being at work
Sustainability is also about well-being at work. At Scandlines, we focus on health, safety and diversity in particular. We serve healthy food in our messes and canteens; we offer help to stop smoking; and through frequent checks of our work place and knowledge sharing about dangerous or potentially dangerous incidents, we make sure that Scandlines is a safe place to work.
We would like to attract more women to the shipping industry, as the majority of employees in ship operation are men. Therefore, we have joined Danish Shipping’s ‘Charter for more women in shipping’.
Green port in Puttgarden
Scandlines is a pioneer in terms of green ferry operations. However, not only our ferry operation is getting more and more eco-friendly. In the Port of Puttgarden, we work on measures to improve sustainability and increase green areas.
The German environmental organisation NABU advises us regarding further measures to make our business more sustainable. Apart from converting our ferries to modern hybrid technology, there are also activities in progress in other fields, e.g. greening our port areas, in order to increase biodiversity.
Just to name a few of the measures already taken:
- a grass area of 1 hectare was turned into a colourful field of wild flowers
- the provision of more than 40 nesting places for bats and swifts
- the construction of an insect hotels
- an emergency access road was not paved, so wild flowers can grow unrestrained
Charge your electric car at Scandlines’ BorderShops
In collaboration with the energy supplier E.ON, we have established fast chargers at the BorderShops in Puttgarden and in Rostock. The chargers make it easier for electric car drivers to drive to Scandinavia and back, thus taking one more step towards a green economy.
You can go shopping in our BorderShop while your electric car charges in BorderShops’ parking area. In Puttgarden, you also have the possibility to take a stroll on the pier and enjoy the view.
Charge your car for free
All customers with electric car can use the fast chargers for free. After only 20-30 minutes, the battery will be charged up to 80 percent.
Read more about our green agendaRead all
A sustainable future
To broaden our Green Agenda, we have developed commitments across the entire organisation in support of five United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
A fleet of hybrid ferries
The hybrid system on ferries is similar to that of hybrid cars, where petrol or diesel is combined with electricity.
One of the steps towards our zero emission strategy is the exchange of all thrusters – the ships’ propulsion systems – on Scandlines’ four hybrid ferries on the route between Puttgarden in Germany and Rødby in Denmark.
Powered by the wind
Since 2013, we have operated with environmentally friendly hybrid technology. In 2020, we installed a rotor sail on M/V Copenhagen and in 2022 on M/V Berlin respectively, which operate on our route between Rostock in Germany and Gedser in Denmark.
Green ferry operation
We already operate with hybrid ferries, which are much more eco-friendly than conventional ferries. However, our goal is ferry operation covered by pure battery power within a few years.
UN Global Compact
Scandlines has joined the UN Global Compact – a voluntary initiative for responsible companies.
Zero emission freight ferry
Scandlines has ordered a new zero emission freight ferry for the Puttgarden-Rødby route. The ferry will be inserted in 2024 and will launch the next generation of ferries on the route.