GHG Emissions - March 8, 2021
A.P. Moller - Maersk reveals the world's first carbon neutral vessel
A.P. Moller - Maersk recently announced that it will be launching the world’s first carbon neutral liner vessel in 2023, seven years ahead of its original target date.
The Danish container logistics company plans for the methanol feeder vessel to have a capacity of around 2000 TWU and it will be deployed in one of its intra-regional networks. Maersk plans to operate the vessel on carbon neutral e-methanol or sustainable bio-methanol from day one.
This development includes a commitment that all future Maersk-owned new buildings will have dual fuel technology installed, enabling either carbon neutral operations or operation on standard very low sulphur fuel oil. Maersk is also committed to ensuring all its vessels are net zero carbon by 2050 through an ongoing fleet replacement initiative and is targeting a 60% relative carbon reduction for shipping activities by 2030.
“A.P. Moller - Maersk’s ambition is to lead the way in decarbonising global logistics,” CEO Søren Skou said in a statement. “Our customers expect us to help them decarbonise their global supply chains, and we are embracing the challenge, working on solving the practical, technical and safety challenges inherent in the carbon neutral fuels we need in the future. Our ambition to have a carbon neutral fleet by 2050 was a moonshot when we announced in 2018. Today we see it as a challenging, yet achievable target to reach.”
The company is also reducing the emissions in its supply chain, and reporting that around half of its 200 largest customers are setting science-based or zero carbon targets for their own supply chains. Maersk will continue its innovation, testing and collaboration throughout the individual to explore other carbon neutral fuel pathways that could be developed in the future.