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Sustainability in TRANSPORT

There is a growing demand for transport that is sustainable in terms of the impact it has on society, the environment and the climate. It is broader than sustainable sources of energy for transport and the efficient use of clean fuels. It necessitates the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and harmful waste. It also requires improvements to the energy efficiency of the modes of transport themselves, to the efficiency and transparency of transport operations and logistics, and to the effectiveness and productivity of the global transportation system, whilst, at the same time, not impairing the mobility needs of future generations.

The path to achieving fully sustainable transport solutions will involve a combination of technical and financial innovation, revised regulatory frameworks and a continuous commitment of the industry participants to deliver on what is now being demanded. This is creating both challenges and opportunities for our clients as they seek to navigate their way through an ever-evolving and multi-tiered regulatory landscape.

HFW is continuing to support our clients to adapt and comply with the sustainability challenges being thrown up by international, regional and national regulatory bodies which seek to regulate and limit GHG emissions and waste, the use and availability of alternative fuels and the efficiency and effectiveness of transit orientated performance. HFW is further supporting our clients in developing new projects and products designed to drive and gain commercial opportunity from this evolving legal and technological landscape.

HFW has a proven track record of working with clients in the transport sector, understanding their business and guiding them through the entire life cycle of the transportation system.

HFW's global and multi-disciplinary maritime and aerospace specialist teams support and work with clients to achieve their sustainability goals by providing solutions for both sustainable transport and the entire life cycle of the sustainable transportation system.


  • Maritime Transport Life Cycle and Environmental Compliance.
    • Shipbuilding/Ship Construction
    • Decommissioning
    • Ship recycling
    • Environmental waste management systems and safe processes
    • Autonomous vessels.

  • Air Pollution/Reduction of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions.
    • Reduction of nitrogen oxide emissions
    • Reduction of sulphur oxide emissions (IMO 2020)
    • Reducing the carbon intensity/improving energy efficiency of International Shipping: EEDI, EEXI and CII (IMO 2023)
    • Regional and national measures designed to regulate carbon emissions
    • Alternative/Low carbon fuels.

  • Transport Operations and Logistics.
    • Zero and low-emissions vehicles (ZLEVs)
    • Reduction and regulation of emissions
    • Alternative/low carbon fuels
    • Sustainable warehousing
    • Delivery route optimisation.

  • Disaster Risk Management, Response and Protection of the Environment.
    • Cargo related incidents involving environmental damage
    • Oil pollution
    • Salvage and wreck removal
    • Waste management/hazardous waste.

  • Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) and Financing of green shipping.
    • Green financing, sustainability linked financing and related reporting frameworks
    • State and multilateral agency support
    • ESG policies and covenants
    • Sustainable construction of green vessels and green upgrades
    • Alternative fuels.


  • Advising a leading developer of wholly electric aircraft and wholly electric aircraft engines, on the drafting of their customer facing template letter of intent and sale and purchase agreement, dealing specifically with issues pertaining to PDPs and costs adjustment clauses to allow the client to mitigate supply chain related cost fluctuations.
  • Advising IATA and a number of airlines in relation to compliance with emissions trading regulations.


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