DB Schenker and Maersk have partnered to establish a CO2 target to reduce CO2 emissions by 20% per container transported from 2014-2020 for DB Schenker’s business with Maersk. As a result of Maersk’s fuel efficiency efforts, the companies met this target in 2018, 2 years ahead of schedule.
For more than 10 years, DB Schenker has been cooperating with Maersk and other transportation providers to understand how the entities can work together to reduce emissions and ocean pollution.
For Maersk to achieve its sustainability goals, carbon-neutral vessels must be made commercially-viable by 2030. Equally important is an acceleration in new innovations and adoption of new technologies, both of which will help ocean carriers achieve their sustainability goals.
"We’ve been focused on improving fuel efficiency and reducing pollution for more than 10 years now thanks to higher fuel prices and a bigger emphasis being placed on sustainability and low-carbon"
says Mads Stensen, Senior Sustainability Advisor at Maersk
As for DB Schenker, the company is taking a similar approach by working closely with shippers and carriers that want to operate more sustainable supply chains while also complying to new regulations. What is more, as the world's transportation needs will only continue to grow, the company says that by gaining a better understanding of what the industry can do and where it needs external regulation and involvement of the entire supply chain, is critical.
Finally, noting that Maersk’s sustainability strategy and program goes beyond CO2 emissions and better fuel economy, the ocean carrier has also clear priorities regarding material issues like:
- Ship recycling;
- Fighting food loss;
- Health, safety, security and environment (HSSE);
- Human and labor rights;