Maersk Touts 8 Carbon Neutral 16,000 TEU Vessels
August 24, 2021
More than half of Maersk’s 200 largest customers have set – or are in the
process of setting – ambitious science-based or zero carbon targets for their
supply chains. As part of Maersk’s ongoing collaboration with customers,
corporate sustainability leaders including Amazon, Disney, H&M Group, HP Inc.,
Levi Strauss & Co., Microsoft, Novo Nordisk, The Procter and Gamble Company,
PUMA, Schneider Electric, Signify, Syngenta and Unilever have committed to
actively use and scale zero carbon solutions for their ocean transport, with
many more expected to follow.
Henriette Hallberg Thygesen, CEO, Fleet & Strategic Brands with Maersk noted, "We are very excited about this addition to our fleet, which will offer our customers unique access to carbon neutral transport on the high seas while balancing their needs for competitive slot costs and flexible operations. To us, this is the ideal large vessel type to enable sustainable, global trade on the high seas in the coming decades and from our dialogue with potential suppliers, we are confident we will manage to source the carbon neutral methanol needed."
Replacing Maersk tonnage reaching end-of-life
The new vessels come as part of Maersk’s ongoing fleet renewal program and will replace tonnage of more than 150,000 TEU which is reaching end-of-life and leaving the Maersk managed fleet between 2020 and Q1 2024.
CAPEX for the announced vessels is included in current guidance for 2021-2022 of USD 7bn. Maersk further reiterates its strategy of maintaining a fleet capacity in the 4.0 to 4.3 million TEU range, as a combination of Maersk managed and time-chartered vessels.
"As an industry leader, H&M Group has a responsibility to fight climate change. We have the ambition to become climate neutral by 2030 and climate positive by 2040. We truly believe that our climate actions should be co-created with our partners. Maersk’s investment in large vessels operating on green methanol is an important innovative step supporting H&M Group’s climate goals within International Freight and we are proud to take part in this pioneer journey." says Leyla Ertur, Head of Sustainability at H&M Group.
"Sustainability is embedded across our business and remains a core value at HP. We recently announced some of the most ambitious climate action goals in our industry and to achieve them we are implementing more sustainable transportation solutions within our supply chain, including this green fuels collaboration with Maersk. It’s an important step for all companies involved to make the greatest impact possible and help combat the climate crisis.", commented Antoine Simonnet , chief supply chain officer with HP.
"Today, the world is finally waking up to the climate crisis. The next decade has to be one of ‘climate action.’ With Brighter Lives, Better World 2025 – our five-year sustainability program – we’ve set a new goal to go beyond carbon neutrality and to double the pace at which we will meet the 1.5°C scenario set out by the Paris Agreement. The pledge is to meet this ambitious target across our entire value chain and do this six years early. Our renewed partnership with Maersk will help us to scale zero carbon solutions in our supply chain and logistical operations, providing rich pickings for emission reductions.", added Maurice Loosschilder, Head of Sustainability over at Signify.
Michelle Grose, Head of Logistics and Fulfilment with Unilever concluded, "Unilever is committed to accelerating the transition to clean transport solutions, not just in our own operations but along global value chains as we work to achieve net zero emissions by 2039. With logistics and distribution accounting for around 15% of our greenhouse gas emissions footprint, it’s important that we work with partners shifting to lower carbon fuels. We are proud to partner with Maersk as they pioneer carbon neutral transportation on the high seas."