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 more than 80% of the Group’s CO2 emissions.

While our size in shipping comes with a significant footprint, it is through the economies of scale of our vessels, new technologies and network optimisation that we in shipping can contribute to a solution.

Maersk Line’s reduction target is 60% less CO2 emitted per container moved by 2020 (2007 baseline). Combined with an expected 80% more volume in 2020, reaching this improvement target will result in Maersk Line having saved approximately 200 million tonnes CO2 from 2007 to 2020. This means we can sustain our efforts at decoupling growth from resource consumption.

By the end of 2014 Maersk Line had reduced emissions by 39% per container.

Our Group-wide target is a 30% relative CO2 reduction by 2020 (2010 baseline). By the end of 2014 we had achieved a 19% reduction.


The Group's Climate Change strategy includes the Group target for reducing CO2 emissions (see above), and is overseen by the Maersk Group Sustainability Council. The businesses are required to develop strategies and targets to reduce their environmental impact in line with their respective materiality and risk assessments. Performance is monitored and progress reported every half a year to the Group Sustainability Council.

Read more about our progress and activities in 2014 (PDF)