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 Maersk'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’s reduction target is 60% less CO2 emitted per container moved by 2020 (2007 baseline) combined with growth in volume transported meanswe can sustain our efforts at decoupling growth from resource consumption.

By the end of 2016 Maersk had reduced emissions by 42% per container.

Our Maersk-wide target is a 30% relative CO2 reduction by 2020 (2010 baseline). By the end of 2016 we had achieved 25% reduction.


The A.P. Moller - Maersk Climate Change strategy includes the company target for reducing CO2 emissions (see above), and is overseen by the A.P. Moller - Maersk 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 the A.P. Moller - Maersk Sustainability Council.