Konecranes makes hybrid and electric RTGs carbon neutral on delivery

Staff Report,

3 Jan 2022

First in industry to deliver products as carbon neutral wordwide for hybrid and electric RTGs ordered now

Konecranes has become the first in the container handling industry to deliver hybrid and electric RTGs to customers as carbon neutral, responding to a global concern about carbon emissions and climate change.
Konecranes said it is taking “significant action to reduce the CO2 emissions of its own operations and the carbon footprint of its products”. Carbon emissions have been minimised wherever possible, and where not possible they have been compensated for with re-forestation, up to the point of hand-over to the customer, said the company.

“Konecranes is in a unique position to help our customers grow into to a low carbon future by providing solutions which strengthen decarbonisation and advance electrification, while we decrease the emissions of our own operations and our value chain,” said a statement from the company.

“We design our products with their complete lifecycle in mind. The majority of the environmental impact of a product is defined during the product design stage. Therefore, we carefully analyse our product lifecycle phases in terms of the total carbon footprint. The lifecycle of our RTGs has three distinct phases: manufacturing and material, transport and commissioning; use phase; end-of-life.

“Delivering RTGs to our customers in a carbon neutral manner concerns phase 1, which represents around 1/10 of the total CO2 load. Konecranes has worked determinedly and systematically to reduce the CO2 footprint of manufacturing, materials, transportation and commissioning. For the parts where we cannot eliminate all carbon emissions, we have compensated for it by means of a re-forestation scheme,” said Konecranes.

The company’s statement added that the usage of the equipment represents the main part of the carbon footprint of the RTG lifecycle – around 9/10. For this part Konecranes already provides many ways to reduce the carbon footprint with Ecolifting™ power options. In the end-of-life phase, the RTG steel structure can be fully recycled – this phase represents less than 1/10 of the total carbon footprint.

Mika Mahlberg, EVP of Konecranes Port Solutions, said: “This is a journey that benefits everyone. In the RTG lifecycle, there are many carbon dimensions to consider. We have done thorough research and detailed lifecycle assessment calculations. The objective was always clear: to deliver hybrid and electric RTGs to the customer in a carbon neutral state, so customers can operate their terminals with a bare minimum of climate impact, supporting their own long-term sustainability mission. This now comes as standard with hybrid and electric Konecranes RTGs. The customer doesn’t have to do anything.”

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