Sail towards a cleaner future

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DFDS’ Carbon Footprint

DFDS is working hard to improve its environmental impact. A major focus of this is the reduction of greenhouse gases such as CO2, NOxSO2 and emission particles.

Travel by ferry is proven to be overall less CO2 impactful than many other forms of transport, with flying being one of the worst for the environment.

Our ships already minimise fuel consumption through speed efficiencies on overnight ferries. We also use the natural effects of the tides and winds to optimise fuel consumption. Our vessels have been fitted with scrubbers which remove harmful fuel particles. Plus, in line with EU regulations, as part of the ‘Motorways of the Seas’ project we are taking increasingly more freight, balanced with passengers to reduce reliance on air.

Click here to find out more on our initiatives and the offsetting projects we support.

Flight vs ship

So how much better is taking a ferry than flying?

We wanted to ensure that any calculations we conducted were independently verified by a carbon and emissions expert, which is why DFDS commissioned to analyse our routes and confirm their findings.

They looked at typical journeys from three of our main overnight ferry routes and compared the emissions per person vs taking a similar flight.

The results speak for themselves. On average taking a trip with DFDS emits 64% less CO2 than an equivalent airline. Travelling as a foot passenger was the cleanest option at 87% and travelling by car approximately 54% less CO2 than flying.

Note: The chart shows the emissions, per passenger (Flight vs Car Ferry).

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QAS Approved

This data through www.carbonfootprint is QAS approved. QAS’s objective is to bring the highest levels of confidence to businesses and individuals that the carbon emissions calculation methodology being used is independently verified.

For more information on our corporate responsibility and commitments, please see here:

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All DFDS Ferry Routes

DFDS has one of the largest ferry networks in Europe, with routes operating to Denmark, Norway, the UK, mainland Europe and even the Baltic regions, including major cities such as Copenhagen, Oslo and Amsterdam. Travel with your car and open the gateway to Europe with DFDS.

View all of our available routes here.

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Europe's leading Ferry Operator 2022

We’ve been nominated as Europe’s Leading Ferry Operator at the prestigious World Travel Awards 2022! We’d love to win but we need your help – please support us with your vote!