A.P. Moller-Maersk (Maersk) has announced that the company will join the Low Carbon Charter, launched by Hong Kong Business Environment Council (BEC).
In joining the Low Carbon Charter, Maersk has committed to:
- Work towards setting decarbonisation target(s) aligned with climate science and the goals of the Paris Agreement by committing to the Science Based Targets initiative.
- Implement strategic actions towards achieving the target(s).
- Disclose annually progress of setting/achieving target(s).
- Advocate setting decarbonisation targets and implementing low carbon practices to stakeholders.
Maersk recently announced the order of eight large ocean-going container vessels capable of being operated on carbon neutral methanol. The first vessel will be introduced in the first quarter of 2024.
Daan Slotema, Head of Legal, Maersk Asia Pacific, commented, “Decarbonisation is a strategic imperative for our industry and for Maersk.
“We are intensifying our efforts to achieve our ambition of becoming carbon neutral by 2050 and support our customers to decarbonize their supply chains.
“Hong Kong is one of the worlds leading maritime hubs, and I am pleased that we can take part in this significant task which requires collaborative contributions from the shipping and logistics sector.”
With the support of business leaders and the Environment Bureau, the BEC Low Carbon Charter was launched in March 2019 to mobilise companies in the property and construction value chain to collectively contribute towards Hong Kong’s long-term decarbonisation through their pledge to set and achieve carbon reduction targets.
Since 2020, the charter has expanded to welcome companies from all sectors.