Inditex, parent to fashion brands Zara and Massimo Dutti, has partnered with A.P. Moller – Maersk (Maersk) to cut global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in seaborne logistics.
The strategy revolves around the integration of alternative, eco-friendly fuels in the companies’ inbound shipping routes.
Through its ECO Delivery Ocean programme, Maersk is replacing conventional fossil fuels on its ships with sustainable options like green methanol and second-generation biodiesel derived from waste feedstocks. This switch is projected to result in a reduction of over 80 per cent in GHG emissions compared to traditional sources.
Under the initiative, Maersk aims to provide its customers with the opportunity to conduct their shipments using certified green fuels at a fixed cost. This reduction in GHG emissions is validated with an externally verified certificate, and these transports will be exempt from EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) charges by the carrier in the future.
Abel Lopez, Head of Import, Export, and Transport at Inditex, said: “This project aligns with our goal to reach net zero emissions in 2040 and contributes to scale alternative fuels with a significantly reduced carbon footprint.”
Both companies share the ambitious climate goal of achieving net-zero emissions across all business areas by 2040. In addition to adopting ECO Delivery for all of its ocean cargo, Inditex is actively promoting multimodal transport and participating in a rail solution pilot in collaboration with Maersk, RENFE, and Cepsa in Southern Spain.