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.