Maersk Signs Climate Change Pledge

Integrated logistics company A.P. Moller – Maersk (Maersk), the world’s largest container shipping company, has signed The Climate Pledge. As a provider of end-to-end logistics services across all transport modes, the company says it is committed to playing an integral role in enabling global decarbonization of long-distance transport. In addition to reducing all direct and indirect emissions across its entire business by 2040, Maersk has also committed to expanding its green customer offerings, including a commitment to achieve 25% of ocean cargo transported with green fuels, 90% green operations for contract logistics and cold chain, and at least 30% of air cargo transported with sustainable aviation fuel by 2030.

To achieve these ambitious targets, Maersk says it is exploring, testing, and investing in sustainable innovations to enable transformation across the supply chain. Maersk is currently investing in innovative new fuels, vessels, electrical trucks, network planning software, information sharing technology, and many more areas. This includes the order of 12 vessels that will be capable of operating on green methanol — these vessels will be operational in 2024.

“Solving the climate emergency and decarbonizing our customers’ supply chains is a strategic imperative for Maersk,” said Soren Skou, A.P. Moller — Maersk CEO. “Hence, back in January 2021 we accelerated our decarbonization commitment to net-zero emissions by 2040 — a decade ahead of our initial 2050 ambitions and the Paris Agreement. To drive the massive scale-up of green fuels, we all must move now and take action. If we are meant to see changes this decade, we cannot afford to wait, and in that context, we look forward to joining The Climate Pledge, an opportunity to team up with some of our major customers, learn from them, and share best practices and solutions.”

Maersk says it is providing “industry-leading green customer offerings across the supply chain,” including Maersk ECO Delivery, which targets emission reductions in ocean shipping. Amazon began participating in this service in 2020 and continues today. Amazon’s participation reduced emissions by approximately 20 KTonnes of CO2e (the equivalent of 50 million average passenger vehicle miles) in 2021.