DFDS Environmental Initiatives
At DFDS we’re passionate about giving back to the environment, educating ourselves and our customers on the importance of our surroundings, and enjoying the environment around us. This means we have a range of initiatives, from wildlife watching and sea life workshops with our Ocean Conservationists from ORCA, to helping electric vehicle drivers plan their road trip with Spirii, the market leading e-mobility platform provider. We’re even working closely with the Ocean Conservation Trust to work towards replacing the abundance of lost seagrass from our British Coastlines, in an attempt to restore CO2 to our environment. Find out more about our initiatives below.
Learn about the different marine animals which live in the North Sea and English Channel and see if you can spot them from our ferries. Meet ORCA Ocean Conservationists onboard our Newcastle – Amsterdam and Newhaven – Dieppe ferries from March to September and learn all about the marine environment and the species that live there.
Ocean Conservation Trust
We’re proud to have partnered with the Ocean Conservation Trust, a global charity working towards a vision of a healthy ocean and we want to contribute to it. We’re particularly excited about their Blue Meadows project, which aims to protect, regenerate and restore over 700 hectares of the UK’s seagrass, and we’re delighted to support them doing it. Find out more about the Ocean Conservation Trust and the Blue Meadows project on our dedicated page.
Spirii connects thousands of EV drivers with charging stations across Europe, allowing you to travel in an environmentally friendly way, without the uncertainty of finding a charging point. With over 200,000 charging points globally connected to the Spirii app, you can plan, charge and go all from your phone! Find out more on our dedicated page.
While ferry travel is more environmentally friendly than travelling by air, that’s not enough. We have set a target to reduce our carbon emissions by up to 45% by 2030 and you, our customers can help us do that. We have provided carbon offsetting solutions for customers travelling on our UK – Europe routes which includes prevention of deforestation initiatives across the world. Find out more on our dedicated page:
At DFDS, we have for many years collaborated with organizations that protect life in the sea. One of them is the ReSea Project.
In the period January 2021 - March 2023, ReSea has removed 2,141,051 kg of plastic from seas and rivers, equivalent to 107,052,550 plastic bottles, and this number is increasing all the time. Every piece of plastic that is removed is sorted and redistributed for new purposes.
ReSea is one of only two companies in the world that is certified to DNV's standard for the collection of plastic in seas and rivers, which means that the entire process is well documented and third-party certified. This gives us reassurance that the efforts against plastic pollution make a real difference.
Food Waste Prevention Campaign
We're committed to reducing food waste on our Baltic Sea vessels. By carefully ordering, training staff, and storing food properly, we met "green" standards with a 13% food waste limit.
To encourage responsible consumption, we partnered with artist Jolita Vaitkute to create a visually striking campaign featuring a mountain of food as a metaphor for portion control.
We have seen good results, reducing food waste on our ferries from 13% to 9.5% over the past year. This initiative shows that individual actions can have a positive impact on the environment, and we hope it serves as a positive example for others to follow.
The European Union’s Emissions Trading System (ETS) and DFDS’s Passenger ETS Surcharge Explained
Below we’ve developed detailed FAQs so you can learn more about ETS and how it impacts you as a customer.
If you have any further questions after reading our FAQs, please do contact us. We appreciate your support in this collective journey towards a greener future.