Sunset over the sea

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, 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.

ORCA onboard Newhaven-Dieppe
Newhaven-Dieppe ferry
Children enjoying Orca onboard Newhaven-Dieppe ferry
Sunset onboard Newhaven-Dieppe ferry


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.

Take your car to Europe
Family on a roadtrip
Charge your car abroad


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.

Carbon offsetting - sea
Carbon offsetting - dolphins

Carbon Offsetting

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:

WTA Winner 2022

Award Winning Ferry Crossings

We are proud to have been voted World’s Leading Ferry Operator 2022 at this year’s World Travel Awards for the 12th year in a row! We have also won Europe's Leading Ferry Operator 2012-2022 and World’s Best Ferry Operator Website 2021-2022.

Thank you to everyone who has supported us and voted for us for over 12 years. Let’s sail the seas together with world class service!