Sustainability highlights 2020

In an unprecedented year of pandemic, sustainability remained at the top of the agenda of A.P. Moller - Maersk and core to our values.

We are intensifying efforts on decarbonisation while integrating sustainability even further into business strategy.



Decarbonising logistics is our single most important strategic sustainability priority. Our 2050 net zero ambition for shipping is a challenging target, but possible to reach. We have reduced our relative CO2 emissions by over 46% since 2008, making further progress towards our 2030 target of 60% reduction. 

60% relative CO₂ reduction from shipping

By 2030, deliver 60% relative reduction in CO₂ emissions compared to 2008 levels.

Net zero vessels in operation

By 2030, have commercially viable, net zero vessels operating in our fleet.

Net zero CO₂ emissions

By 2050, have net zero CO₂ emissions from our own ocean operations.

Sustainability in our end-to-end offerings

Managing all aspects of our customers' logistics supply chains includes taking on responsibility for sustainability performance.

We are developing a more comprehensive approach to fully integrate sustainability as a base component in our offerings.

This includes improved tools and processes, engaging with customers and with suppliers, and cross-sector partnerships for standard-setting. 

Responsible business practices

We are committed to ensuring responsible business practices across all our operations, to live up to our Values and commitments and to meet the expectations of our stakeholders across all material environmental, social and governance issues. Some examples are: 


We mitigate safety risks through engaged leadership, collaboration and capacity building

Sustainability at Maersk 2020
Diversity & Inclusion

We aspire to create an inclusive culture where all employees can contribute to their fullest

Responsible ship recycling

Our ambition is to create opportunities for responsible ship recycling globally

Ocean health

We use our capabilities to help restore ocean health in partnership with UN agencies and The Ocean Cleanup

Responding to a global pandemic

Facing the global emergency of 2020, Maersk’s priorities were to protect our people, serve our customers and support society: 

Serving our customers
Global trade lanes and supply chains remained open even with more than half of the global economy in lockdown
Protecting people
Protecting our people
Through advocacy and creative solutions, we succeeded in helping all crew members on or off vessels after extended stays onboard
Fight covid
Helping in the fight against COVID-19

In addition to monetary donations, Maersk donated containers, freight, face masks and other personal protective equipment, amounting to more than USD 4 million 

Read more about our commitments

Learn more about our business practices, commitments to net zero emissions, and interactions with customers.

Sustainability at Maersk 2020

Sustainability report 2020

Sustainability Highlights 2020