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Friday, August 27, 2021 

A.P. Moller-Maersk is to join the Low Carbon Charter, launched by Hong Kong Business Environment Council (BEC), a move which means that Maersk is committed to contributing towards Hong Kong’s long-term decarbonisation ambition.

The company considers decarbonisation to be a strategic imperative for the industry and for Maersk, which is intensifying efforts to achieve the ambition of becoming carbon neutral by 2050 and support customers to decarbonise their supply chains.

Daan Slotema, Head of Legal, Maersk Asia Pacific, said: "Hong Kong is one of the world’s 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."

Maersk is accelerating efforts to decarbonise its marine operations, most recently with 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. These vessels will offer Maersk customers truly carbon neutral transportation at scale on the high seas.

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.

"We are absolutely thrilled with Maersk, the world’s leading shipping and logistics company, joining the Charter. International shipping contributes over 2.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions and the International Maritime Organisation recently adopted a strategy to decarbonise the sector. BEC welcomes the opportunity to work with Maersk and the shipping industry and leverage the Charter as a platform to inspire the wider business community in Hong Kong to accelerate their climate action," said Adam Koo. BEC CEO.

With the support of business leaders and the Environment Bureau, the BEC Low Carbon Charter was launched in March 2019 to mobilise companies 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.

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