Maersk COO: Zero Carbon Goal is Necessary

Soren Toft COO

Soren Toft, Chief Operations Officer, A.P. Moller-Maersk (Maersk), has reaffirmed the carrier’s commitment to running zero-carbon emissions by 2050 at the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York.

Maersk, the largest container shipping in the world by market share, has set what Toft described as a “bold” target of becoming entirely carbon neutral by 2050.

Port Technology reported on Maersk’s original announcement in December 2018, which also includes having commercially viable carbon neutral vessels by 2030.

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In his speech to the UN, Toft said Maersk was not undertaking project because it knew exactly what to do but because “we believe it is necessary”.

In March 2019, Maersk also launched the biggest single environmentally-friendly project in the world when the Maersk Mette began a voyage from Rotterdam to Shanghai run entirely on a cooking oil-based based biofuel.

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