The Danish shipping company Maersk announces that its containership fleet will be CO2 neutral by 2050. The company has not given any details on their technical strategy for the move. Electromobility is just one of several possibilities.
Although 2050 sounds like a long way off, the company says the first climate-neutral containers would already have to be commercially viable by 2030 – given the 20- to 25-year lifespan of the ships. The time has come “to join forces and start developing the new type of ship that will cross the seas in 2050,” according to a press release.
Maersk maintains that it has already been able to reduce its CO2 emissions by 46 per cent since 2007. The industry average for this period is around 9 per cent, says the company. Maersk is the world’s largest container shipping company and ships one out of every five containers worldwide.
“The next five to ten years will be crucial,” says COO Søren Toft. “We will invest significant resources for innovation and fleet technology to improve the technical and financial viability of decarbonised solutions.” Over the past four years, the company has already invested around 1 billion US dollars and involved more than 50 engineers a year in the development and deployment of energy-efficient solutions. “Going forward we cannot do this alone,” he appeals to the industry.