CMP’s environmental activities help to promote the long-term sustainability of the company’s operations. The activities are conducted in the immediate vicinity of the port area. Environmental activities will therefore form part of the effort to coordinate the two cities’ development needs with those of CMP.

CMP’s environmental activities are primarily aimed at reducing noise and emissions to water and air. The focus is on CMP’s operational activities and increasingly also on mitigating the environmental impact of the international transport chain of which CMP is a part. In these indirect environmental activities the company can, for instance, create incentives and technical solutions which ensure that shipping companies and visiting ships choose to reduce their environmental impact. Concrete examples of this include solutions for sorting of waste in the ports and fixed systems for handling wastewater, greywater and blackwater from the ships.

CMP’s port activities are conducted close to Copenhagen and Malmö, this in a situation where the cities are expanding ever closer to the sea, with the establishment of businesses, shops, restaurants and new, attractive residential developments. In this interaction between port activities and the expansion of the cities there is a risk that conflicts will arise between differing development needs. It is here that CMP’s efforts to reduce noise and emissions could help to smooth the interaction between different social interests. However, the investments that are made also need to secure CMP’s long-term needs. This applies to practical as well as economic needs, as the growth and profitability of the company will also provide scope for continued environmental investments.

Coordinating Environmental Director

In 2011 CMP introduced a new Environmental Director function with overall responsibility for all environmental activities. The Environmental Director has a primarily advisory and coordinating role in supporting CMP’s various businesses. This means that practical responsibility for ensuring the implementation of day-to-day environmental activities rests with the managers and leaders in each department. The Environmental Director is also tasked with improving coordination and ensuring that the right environmental activities are conducted in the right place and at the right time. This increased coordination also facilitates follow-up of the implemented measures and is expected to ensure the general effectiveness and comprehensiveness of CMP’s environmental activities. The Environmental Director also plays an important role in CMP’s relations with external parties and business partners.

CMP has been certified under the ISO 14001 environmental management standard since 2004. ISO certification is a cornerstone of the company’s environmental activities, which are centrally coordinated in terms of common guidelines and action plans. Based on the adopted general goals, each business area and department then defines its own, adapted environmental objectives.

Environmental activities in practice

Activities aimed at realising CMP’s common environmental goals are implemented as follows:

  • Reduced emissions to air, land and water
    - installation of particle filters in CMP’s work machines, which reduce emissions of particles,
      hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide by about 90 per cent
    - environmental classification of company vehicles
    - management of surface water, greywater and sewage in port areas
    - improved logistics in connection with loading and unloading lead to reduced emissions
  • Reduced diesel and energy consumption
    - new operations agreement with a partner to reduce gas consumption
    - lower diesel consumption in work machinery per tonne of handled goods, partly thanks to the
      company-wide Eco Drive initiative, which has led to a 25 per cent reduction in diesel use over
      the last five years.
    - new technology and procedures in heating, ventilation and lighting to reduce power consumption 
    - CMP is also aiming to cut the consumption of electricity and gas used for heating and lighting. In
       several buildings and warehouses motion detectors have been installed, which automatically turn the
       lights on and off in order to optimise electricity consumption
  • Waste management in ports there are now recycling points on the quays where ships can deposit sorted waste for recycling
    - technical solutions and procedures have been established for managing greywater from ships
    - chemical products and hazardous waste are sealed off and protected at CMP’s facilities
  • Cooperation projects 
    - with government agencies and research institutions on environmental activities aimed 
      at improving the local marine environment, for instance with regard to the seabed,
      fish populations, biotype measures, etc.

Focus areas

CMP Malmö holds a permit for port activities under the Swedish Environmental Code. The permit, which allows for a volume increase to 6,000 ships per year, is based on about 30 environmental requirements. One of these requirements concerns emissions to land and water in Swede Harbour, which is home to a large part of CMP’s dry bulk operations. In summer and autumn 2011 the company conducted a supplementary evaluation of the surface water system in the area. This evaluation has also been submitted to the environmental authorities. CMP is awaiting a decision on the issue. In the longer term further investments may be made to improve surface water handling in Swede Harbour.

Another requirement for the environmental permit concerns noise in connection with the loading and unloading of goods. Additional measurements of noise levels have been deferred pending the establishment of the Northern Harbour, which was begun in late autumn 2011. New noise measurements will be made in 2012.

In autumn new environmental technology was installed that will protect the oil port in Malmö in the event of a spill. Although the oil port has so far been spared any serious spills, CMP is further improving safety by introducing, as the first port operator in the world, a technology called autonomous surface vessel. An ASV is an electrically powered “torpedo” which is fired into the water, deploys an oil boom and then attaches itself to one of the docking stations in the harbour basin. The automated boom seals off the basin, which limits the spill and protects the water and surrounding shoreline. Time is always the crucial factor when a spill occurs. Thanks to the ASV, the oil port in Malmö can be sealed off in just five to six minutes. The technology was developed by Gothenburg-based SP Marine AB in collaboration with CMP.

CMP has continued to work on reducing its diesel consumption per tonne of handled goods. Since launching the initiative in 2006, CMP has cut its diesel use by 28 per cent. From 2010 to 2011 an average reduction of five per cent was achieved. CMP has also continued its Eco Drive training programmes for employees who drive trucks, terminal tractors and other work machines. The aim is to promote more fuel-efficient driving. Eco Drive has made a strong contribution to cutting fuel consumption, which has led to savings and reduced the company’s environmental impact. CMP’s work machines have also been fitted with particle filters, which reduce emissions and help to create a better work environment.

In 2010 CMP installed solar thermal collectors at its staff and administration building in Copenhagen, which will be used to heat water for the staff changing rooms. Estimates made in 2011 indicate that this has cut heating costs by seven per cent. At Prøvestenen water consumption can now be read remotely. This reduces the time it takes to respond to any spill or other disruptions in CMP’s section of the water system.

Today all electricity used in the company is produced from renewable energy sources such as wind and hydroelectric power.

Northern Harbour fully operational

In autumn the Northern Harbour in Malmö was taken into operation. The relocation of several of CMP’s operations further away from the centre of the city has reduced the company’s environmental impact.

  • The new RoRo Terminal has cut the turnaround time for ships by 30–40 minutes, which reduces noise levels as well as exhaust emissions from the ferries. The new ramps that have been installed next to the terminal building have been designed in a way which reduces noise pollution when lorries drive on or off the ferries.
  • At the RoRo Terminal CMP can handle both greywater and blackwater from visiting ferries. This wastewater is conducted straight into the fixed sewage systems in the Northern Harbour, thus reducing the environmental impact of the port activities.
  • The rerouting of road transports has removed most of the heavy goods vehicle traffic from central Malmö. HGVs leaving the Northern Harbour now need to travel a shorter a distance to reach the ring roads around the city. The driving time has been cut about 15 minutes in either direction, which will reduce total driving times by 50,000 to 100,000 hours per year. 
  • At the Container Terminal CMP has invested in a new container crane. The new crane is powered by electricity but also produces energy. When containers are lowered electrical energy is reproduced, which is then fed back into the grid.