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COPENHAGEN: December 05, 2018. A.P. Moller - Maersk says it plans to operate “commercially viable” carbon neutral vessels by 2030 and will begin transparent discussions next year with anyone and everyone in the logistics industry in a bid to tackle climate change.

To achieve a goal of carbon neutrality by 2050, the company says R&D is the key to avoid dependency on fossil fuel technology. Maersk hopes to encourage researchers, developers, investors, cargo owners and legislators to find solutions for a sustainable maritime industry.

Maersk CO2Maersk says although its relative CO2 emissions have dropped 46 percent from a baseline in 2007, improvements based on fossil fuel technology will only keep shipping emissions at current levels as world trade continues to grow.

"The only possible way to achieve the so-much-needed decarbonisation in our industry is by fully transforming to new carbon neutral fuels and supply chains," said A.P. Moller – Maersk COO Søren Toft.

"The next 5-10 years are going to be crucial. We will invest significant resources for innovation and fleet technology to improve the technical and financial viability of decarbonised solutions. Over the last four years, we have invested around US$1 billion and engaged 50-plus engineers each year in developing and deploying energy efficient solutions. [However] going forward we cannot do this alone," he added.

Maersk says it wants to solve emission problems specific to maritime transport and calls for different solutions in the automotive, rail and aviation sectors.

While an electric truck will carry up to two TEU and travel 800 kms per charge, a 20,000 TEU container vessel sailing from Panama to Rotterdam travels over 10 times the distance and there are no charging points along the route. Given the 20-25-year lifetime of a vessel, the company says now is the time to develop ships that will solve this challenge before it is too late.

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