Energy Efficiency and
Climate Change

We will unlock growth for society and Maersk by enhancing our CO2 efficiency and promoting efficient supply chains.

The challenge

The global challenge is to increase trade and economic opportunities for a growing population and mitigate climate change at the same time.

Our solution: Promoting energy efficiency

Our commitment to reduce CO2

Our commitment to reduce CO2

We strive to promote energy efficiency and CO2 reductions across the industries in which we work, and focus our efforts on where we can reap the greatest benefits, namely within our shipping activities which are responsible for around 90% of the Group’s CO2 emissions.

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Support the development of efficient supply chains and infrastructure

In 2009, the World Economic Forum estimated that the transport and logistic sector has the potential to reduce its total emissions by 50% through efficiency improvements in the supply chain.

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Benefits for society

The demand for solutions to mitigate climate change will intensify. The shipping industry has a significant footprint but is also pivotal in improving the efficiency of the global transportation system as shipping is the most energy efficient way of transporting goods. By reducing the CO2 footprint of containerised transport and optimising the energy efficiency of global transport supply chains, Maersk can help facilitate the increasing trade of goods while the carbon footprint continues to shrink. In that way, we support the need to decouple economic growth from CO2 emissions.


Benefits for Maersk

By reducing fuel and CO2 we are also reducing our costs and improving our competitiveness. In 2013 alone, Maersk Line’s energy efficiency initiatives saved USD 764 million in fuel cost. However, realising the potential of even more CO2 efficient transportation also depends on the investments countries make in infrastructure – infrastructure that can support optimised use of waterways. This can be high capacity and efficient container terminals, connecting roads and storage facilities which together form an efficient transportation chain from A to B. Our efforts to influence national infrastructure planning to favour waterborne transport naturally supports our own growth ambitions.


Learn more about our sustainability strategy

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Sustainability strategy 2014-2018

Read more about our approach in the Sustainability strategy.

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Investing in education

We will unlock growth for society and Maersk by investing in relevant training and education, contributing to building the skills base in growth markets.

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Enabling trade

We will unlock growth for society and Maersk by improving conditions for businesses and industries to participate in global trade.

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