Maersk signs up to Amazon Climate Pledge

AP Moller Maersk, the single largest shipping company in the world, has become the first shipping company to sign up to Amazon’s Climate Pledge. This is among 100 new signatories to the programme announced by Amazon this week.

The Amazon Climate Pledge was launched in 2019 and now some 312 organisations have signed up. The commitment by all those who sign up is to meet the needs of the Paris Agreement on climate change 10 years early and to be net-zero carbon by 2040.

“The effects of climate change are becoming more and more apparent in our surroundings and daily lives, and we firmly believe that the private sector must continue to innovate and collaborate across regions and industries in order to decarbonise the global economy at scale,” said Andy Jassy, Amazon CEO.

As well as reducing all of its direct and indirect emissions across its entire business by 2040, Maersk has committed to expanding its sustainable customer offerings. These include a commitment to achieve 25% of ocean cargo using ‘green’ fuels, the same applying to 90% of the fuel used by its contract and cold chain logistics networks. In addition, at least 30% of its air cargo will be transported using sustainable aviation fuel by 2030.

“Solving the climate emergency and decarbonising our customers’ supply chains is a strategic imperative for Maersk,” said Soren Skou, A.P. Moller – Maersk CEO. “Hence, back in January 2021 we accelerated our decarbonisation commitment to net-zero emissions by 2040—a decade ahead of our initial 2050 ambitions and the Paris Agreement. To drive the massive scale up of green fuels, we all must move now and take action. If we are meant to see changes this decade, we cannot afford to wait, and in that context, we look forward to joining The Climate Pledge, an opportunity to team up with some of our major customers, learn from them, and share best practices and solutions.”

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