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Container Giant Maersk Speeds Up Decarbonisation Target by a Decade

13th January 2022
Global shipping accounts for nearly 3% of the world's CO2 emissions and the sector is under growing scrutiny to become cleaner. Above Afloat captured this scene of the Maersk Mette, an E-class containership. Global shipping accounts for nearly 3% of the world's CO2 emissions and the sector is under growing scrutiny to become cleaner. Above Afloat captured this scene of the Maersk Mette, an E-class containership. Credit: Jehan Ashmore

Shipping container giant AP Moller-Maersk now plans to achieve net zero emissions in its business by 2040, a decade earlier than previously announced, on the back of rising customer demand for green transportation and technical leaps.

With about 90% of world trade transported by sea, global shipping accounts for nearly 3% of the world's CO2 emissions.

The sector is under growing scrutiny to become cleaner.

"When we set the target back in 2018, it was truly a moon shot target, where truth be told we really didn't have a lot of very specific plans," Maersk's chief executive of Fleet and Strategic Brands Henriette Hallberg Thygesen told Reuters.

More RTE News has on this story.

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Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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