Everyday it is becoming clearer that the climate is changing and the large scale of combustion of fossil fuels is massive contributor to the greenhouse gas effect. The transport sector is responsible for a significant share of these emissions. We as Royal Den Hartogh see that we should take responsibility and take a forward looking environmental policy. As our valued customers embark on their own journey in the energy transition, we recognize our responsibility to provide them with a sustainable and environmentally-friendly supply chain. To fulfill this commitment, we have strategically implemented measures aimed at minimizing our greenhouse gas emissions.
We have set the ambitious target to reduce our CO2 intensity per ton-kilometer with 25% by the year 2025 compared to our base year of 2019. Our long-term vision aligns with the Paris Agreement, as we strive to achieve complete climate neutrality by the year 2050. In today's logistics market, achieving these targets is challenging. With our ambition, creativity, and deep commitment to sustainable logistics, we are confident in our ability to reach our goals and outperform competitors in terms of sustainability.
We invest heavily into alternative fuels and methods of propulsions for our own trucks such as Hydrated vegetable oil (HVO), Liquid biogas (LBG) and electric trucking. With our suppliers we make sure that alternative fuels for deep sea shipping become available. All the while, we heavily invest in intermodal shift in the regions where this is possible. Each mode of transportation utilized, other than trucking, contributes to significant CO2 emission reductions.
In the pursuit of a greener future, our Scandinavian operations are utilizing a selection of trucks that run on Liquid BioGas (LBG) and in the Rotterdam our first electric truck is active. We drive dedicatedly on HVO for our customer Shell and for Huntsman in the Rotterdam area, and we are making HVO available for most customers via our insetting project. We work with our shipping partners to make sure their sustainable options are also integrated in our logistics network. We are consistently achieving success in our ongoing efforts to enhance the efficiency of our operations, and thereby reducing our CO2 emissions.
Den Hartogh Logistics is committed to report our environmental performances to our stakeholders in an open and standardised manner. This include Ecovadis, Cefic SQAS assessment and the ECTA Responsible Care CO2 report. For our 2023 SQAS assment we scored 100/100 for chapter 9 environmental sustainability. Next to this we actively participate in industry initiatives such as the prevention of plastics spillages with Operation CleanSweep®. To support sustainable growth, we encourage responsible management by our service providers, specifically – but not limited to – subcontractors and cleaning stations.
Royal Den Hartogh Logistics goes beyond traditional logistics to facilitate innovation. In a recent collaboration, OCI Hyfuels called upon our technical expertise to fuel a newly constructed ship with MD97, a methanol fuel blend, at berth by truck, a task traditionally carried out with maritime fuel and dedicated bunker ships or trucks.
We are pushing ahead with our sustainability ambitions with the addition of the first Volvo FM Electric truck, an important step in reducing CO2 emissions.
Den Hartogh further increases the focus on sustainability by introducing environmental sustainability as the fifth pillar of growth, next to safety, employee engagement, customer satisfaction and profitable growth.
Den Hartogh is operating a new long-term logistics contract at the Shell Rheinland Refinery in Cologne, Germany, with LNG powered trucks only. The deployment of these cleaner Volvo FH LNG trucks marks the long-standing partnership between Den Hartogh and Shell and their mutual goal to shape a better and more sustainable future.
Moving to Den Hartogh’s tailored intermodal ISO tanks enabled us to increase payload with at least 19%. Now we are able transport our ink flush product both sustainably and cost-effectively.