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Shipping and maritime

Sustainable fuels

Propelling the maritime industry into a decarbonised future

18. October 2021
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Danish Shipping

Danish Shipping is a trade and employer organisation. Half of the members of the organisation own ships registered in Denmark, the other half run their activities in Denmark under other flags of state.

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Challenge

International shipping transports around 90 per cent of the world’s goods and is considered the most energy efficient means of transportation. But burning an estimated 300 million tons of fuel annually makes shipping responsible for around 3 per cent of global carbon emissionsEven taking the planned decarbonisation efforts into consideration, this number will grow significantly towards 2050. However, it is possible to decarbonise shipping, and the industry has made a strong commitment to reduce CO2 emissions substantially.  

Solution

The Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping was formed to accelerate the decarbonisation of the global maritime industry. The Center brings together experts from across the shipping eco system to push the development, commercialisation, and scaling of sustainable shipping solutions.   

The Center combines deep specialist knowledge with an industry wide perspective to create a sector transition strategy and drive innovation of the solutions needed to accelerate implementation. 

No one player — no matter how large and influential — can make the transition happen alone. The Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping facilitates the cross-functional collaboration to drive the collective action needed to reshape an entire shipping ecosystem. 

The Center was established in 2020 with a donation from the A.P. Moller Foundation. 

Result

The concrete result of the centre’s work will be taking shipping’s part of global emissions from 3 per cent to 0 per cent by 2050 to make sure the maritime industry decarbonises fast enough to keep climate changes in line with the Paris Agreement targets.  

 

Partners to the Center include: Alfa Laval, American Bureau of Shipping, A.P. Moller Maersk, Cargill, Boston Consulting Group (BCG), bp, Environmental Defense Fund, Danish Shipping, Haldor Topsoe, MAN Energy Solutions, McKinsey & Company, Mitsubushi Heavy Industries, Mitsui & Co., NORDEN, NYK Line, Seaspan Corporation, Siemens Energy, Sumitomo Corporation, Stolt Tankers, TotalEnergies, UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency.  

Read more about the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping here.