Environmental work is aimed partly at our own port and logistics activities and partly at reducing environmental pollution in the international transport chain, of which we are a part. Internally work is focussed on:

  • Reducing diesel consumption in relation to the quantity of goods handled. 
  • Reducing noise and gas emissions. 
  • Reducing energy consumption.

Since 2004, CMP has had environmental certification under ISO 14001. Certification is a governing principle in environmental work, which is centrally coordinated in respect of overall environmental targets, guidelines and action plans. Every business area and department draws up its own environmental targets, and is responsible for continual improvements and for reporting back. Local environmental work is also linked to M/S Progress – CMP’s common target-setting, development and communications tool, which all departments use to set and monitor targets.

Target monitoring and activities that contributed to meeting environmental targets

Diesel consumption in relation to quantity of goods handled

In 2006 consumption was 0.145 litres/tonne goods. In 2013 the corresponding figure was 0.117 litres/tonne goods. This reduction has been achieved by:

  • Investing in new work machinery with lower fuel consumption. 
  • Continuing to use the company’s common program Eco Drive, which is aimed at more efficient and fuel-efficient driving.
  • Continuing to plan more efficient working patterns and logistics handling which will further reduce fuel consumption.

Noise and exhaust emissions 

Since 2006, emissions of nitrogen oxides (NO X ), hydrogen chloride (HC), particles (PM) and carbon monoxide (CO) have fallen per quantity of goods handled. At the same time NO 2 measurements in the neighbouring municipality of Burlöv have continued to indicate low levels. No noise measurements were made during 2013, but the following measures are judged to have had a positive effect on noise levels as well:

  • Installing particle filters in work machines.
  • Investing in new work machines that cause less environmental pollution.
  • Environmental requirements when purchasing service vehicles. 
  • Shorter turnaround-times in RoRo, which reduces noise and emissions during loading and unloading.
  • Moving the RoRo terminal to Norra Hamnen – which is further from the centre of Malmö – has reduced lorry traffic in the central parts of the city.

Energy consumption 

Work is going on to create suitable indicators in order to be able to compare consumption of natural gas, electricity and district heating form year to year. Work is currently continuing on reducing energy consumption through:

  • More efficient operating agreements with collaborative partners to reduce gas consumption.
  • Using solar panels for heating the hot water in staff areas.
  • Motion sensors in property and warehouses which automatically switch lights on and off. 
  • Remote reading of water consumption, making it easier to deal with faults in the water system.

CMP monitors developments in the environmental field. One topical issue concerns the sulphur directive, which tightens the requirements on sulphur emissions from shipping in the North Sea and the Baltic from and including 2015. The industry is working on the development of alternative fuels and other technical solutions to meet the requirements. Together with the Baltic Port Organization (BPO) CMP has analysed what is needed in order to create an infrastructure for Liquid Natural Gas (LNG), which is an alternative to today’s fuels.

CMP has also investigated the possibility of accepting waste from scrubber systems on ships. The technology is used to clean ships’ exhaust gases. Scrubbing (washing) the exhaust gases in sea water reduces the emissions of acidifying sulphur oxide (SOX). Scrubbing means that polluted silt from the facilities must be dealt with in the ports. 

The industry organisation Ports of Sweden and CMP have evaluated the possibilities of using mud from the dredging operations carried out to maintain sufficient depth at the port facilities. The aim has been to show whether the material can be recycled in an economical and sustainable way, for example as filler in new areas of land.