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To further focus our work on a sustainable development, CMP is working with three main areas of priority to secure a strong connection to the relevant SDGs: Protecting Water, Protecting Air & Climate and Partnerships and Innovation.


The blue sea is a guiding principle for us and we shall contribute to creating a cleaner marine environment. It is equally important to minimise the effect on the water in our local environment and in our facilities. We therefore focus on preventive measures that minimise the risk of emissions to water, but also on fast and effective initiatives if nevertheless an accident was to occur.

Protecting air
and climate

Clean air is a work environment issue, but it also has major significance for those who live in the vicinity of our facilities. It is thus crucial that we reduce emissions. We achieve this by for example purifying exhaust gases from machinery and vehicles or completely omitting them by converting to electric power. Today only green electricity from solar, wind and hydroelectric power is used.

and Innovation

In line with the sustainable development goal “Partnerships for the Goals”, we are also seeking active collaboration with various partner organisations. Through strong partnerships and an open-minded and dedicated view on innovation, CMP can contribute to accelarate the green transition of the blue industry – both on land and on water. Our vision is to create a platform for blue-green partnerships in the port.

Never been an oil spillage, but “the torpedo” is ready

CMP was first in the world to use a technology called Autonomous Surface Vessel (ASV). It is an electrically powered torpedo. The torpedo pulls a boom and docks in one of the stations on the other side of the port basin. The boom enables a spill to be quickly limited. Today it takes a maximum of 10 minutes.

New technology, lower environmental impact

Compared with older models, the new loaders in dry bulk use about 30 cubic metres less diesel per year. Furthermore, the air emissions are lower and the machines make less noise.

Partnerships with other ports

CMP has signed a partnership agreement with the Port of Los Angeles to jointly further develop our sustainability work. We have also issued a declaration together with nine other Nordic ports that lays the foundation for collaboration on environmental challenges related to UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Smart handling of fire water

If there is a fire, all surface water is conveyed directly to the fire water system through an 800 metre long pipe that has been laid in the ground and transports the fire water to a special pool. From the pool the water is then pumped onward to a tank where it is dealt with.

Shore Power Facility for DFDS

A new shore power facility was inaugurated in 2021 at the DFDS terminal in Copenhagen. The facility is the result of a partnership between CMP and DFDS, which makes it possible to switch off the ships’ generators in port and thereby significantly reduce the emission of air pollutants and particles.

Close ties with World Maritime University

CMP collaborates continuously with the UN-backed World Maritime University (WMU) in Malmö and annually receives a significant number of students on study visits, as well as often lecturing at the university.

Purification of surface water

In Swede Harbour, various types of dry bulk products are handled that can contaminate surface water. The surface water in the area is consequently conveyed to a pool that has a lime barrier. This purifies the water through both sedimentation and filtration before it subsequently is released to the port basin.

Focus on renewable energy

CMP only purchases green electricity that is generated from renewable sources of energy. Solar collectors have been installed on a staff building in Copenhagen to heat up the water in the changing-rooms.

Signatory of UN Global Compact

CMP has been accepted as a signatory of the United Nation Global Compact, thereby committing ourselves to follow and report our work annually on the 10 principles for sustainable development that are based on UN’s declarations and conventions.

Simpler handling of waste water

Technical solutions are in place at the terminals for dealing with both black water that is flushed out from toilets, and grey water from baths, showers, washing-up and laundry. Traditionally, this water has been transported by tanker to the closest sewage treatment plants.

Aiming for lower electricity consumption

Technology and new procedures are used within heating, ventilation and lighting to reduce electricity consumption. Motion detectors have been installed in several buildings and warehouses, which automatically turn the lights on and off in order to optimise electricity consumption.

Collect plastics and waste from port basins

In line with SDG 6 and 14, we will make a special effort to protect the marine environment by collecting plastics and other waste from the port basins, as well as eliminating the use of disposable plastic products in our own operations.

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