Decarbonising terminals

Maersk’s network of port terminals connects our ocean and landside activities. We want to lead the decarbonisation of the terminal industry, achieving net zero by 2040 along with the rest of our business.

Why net zero terminals matter

Our network of owned and operated terminals provides a vital link between our land and ocean operations. They are also a focal point for local businesses, bringing economic and development benefits to the communities we serve.

But terminals are also a significant contributor of greenhouse gas emissions, mainly from the generation of purchased electricity. In 2021, our terminals accounted for 61% of our scope 2 emissions. Making significant reductions in this footprint is now a priority.

Why net zero terminals matter

Our terminal decarbonisation targets

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2030
70% absolute reduction in scope 1 & 2 emissions (2020 baseline) aligned with a Science Based Targets initiative 1.5-degree pathway
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2040
Net zero across our business and 100% green solutions to customers

Our ambition

We will deliver an emergency response to the climate crisis and take leadership in the transformation of the transport and logistics sector to net zero operations.

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Priorities and actions

Decarbonisation is embedded in our terminal business’s core strategy, and we have an ambitious plan to decarbonise, based on both ongoing and new activities. Reduction or elimination solutions for a substantial share of our controlled emissions from terminals through use of available and proven technologies have been identified.

Focus areas for terminal decarbonization

Optimizing energy consumption

We continue to optimize our terminals’ energy use to reduce our fuel and electricity consumption. We are working to improve electricity sourcing and to convert, where possible, to renewable energy supplies.

Transitioning to green energy sources

To reduce emissions at source, we are rolling out a Low Carbon Logistics program across our terminals. It works by replacing fossil fuel-based energy used at our terminals with energy from renewables, such as renewable electricity and fuels made from recycled waste. We are also investing in solar energy at terminals where we cannot buy renewable electricity.

Commercializing our decarbonization solutions

Decarbonization has the potential to be commercialized as a premium product to our most ambitious customers. We are investigating options for including our work towards net zero in our bids for new ports.

Maersk Sustainability Report 2021

Read more about our progress on environmental, social and governance dimensions in our latest Sustainability Report.
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