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Environmental Initiatives

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, including wildlife watching and sea life workshops with our Ocean Conservationists from ORCA. 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
Ocean Conservation Trust
Ocean Conservation Trust

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.

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Carbon offsetting - dolphins

Join Us on the Journey to a Net Zero Future

We are working hard to reduce our emissions* 45% by 2030 and we want you to be a part of this exciting journey.

Discover our carbon reduction programmes, specially designed for customers traveling on our UK (United Kingdom) - Europe routes. By embarking on this journey with us, you have the power to contribute directly to reducing carbon emissions, paving the way towards a cleaner, and better future.

*Tank to Weight Emission

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ReSea Plastic
ReSea Team effort

ReSea Project

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.

Jolita Vaitkute campaign
Jolita Vaitkute campaign
Jolita Vaitkute campaign
Jolita Vaitkute campaign

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.