The challenge for one of the largest logistics companies on the planet is to reduce its carbon footprint to the highest levels.
However, to reach that goal it is necessary to start drastically now, which is why the Maersk company announced in the first half of 2022 that it would not wait until 2050 to meet its goal of reducing its emissions by 60%. , if not it will be advanced to the year 2040.
With these objectives in sight, the next strategy is to change the consumption of fossil fuels as a source of energy for their ships, this being the case, they have commissioned the manufacture of at least 12 large ships that will not have a fossil fuel source.
Maersk has aligned itself with the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) net zero criteria to limit global warming to 1.5°C.
This includes a 50% reduction in emissions per container carried in the Maersk Ocean fleet and a 70% reduction in absolute emissions from controlled terminals, one in Mexico, by 2030. Depending on the growth of the ocean business, this will result in absolute emission reductions of between 35% and 50% relative to the 2020 baseline.
“We believe that the technology already exists and we have options; both motors and fuels; different from fossil fuels, that you just have to take a risk and start ordering this new technology. So there are 12 ships that we ordered and that are going to move with methanol”, Antonio Domínguez, general director of the Caribbean Area for Maersk, said in an interview with El Economista.
The routes that these 12 vessels will travel will be concentrated in Europe because it is where the ecological fuel of methanol is already traded, hoping that the market for green fuels will expand, Maersk’s green operation will grow.
Meanwhile, the clients of the logistics company will now be able to process a carbon footprint certificate considering the emissions left in the environment by the transfer of their merchandise.
As recommended by SBTi, throughout the decade the Danish group will go beyond the 1.5°C aligned targets and invest in building a portfolio of climate solutions that will result in a reduction of approximately 5 million tons of CO₂ per year until 2030.