Environmental group Pacific Environment on Monday (11 July) has praised A.P. Møller – Mærsk A/S (Maersk) after it reportedly quits the board of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) citing concerns with the trade association’s position on climate change.
Danish integrated shipping company Maersk has been on the ICS board for more than a decade.
Dawny’all Heydari, Ship It Zero Campaign Lead, Pacific Environment said: “Pacific Environment commends Maersk for its initial ocean shipping climate ambitions, and honoring its commitment to the Paris Agreement. Earlier this year, Maersk announced its plans to halve climate emissions by 2030 and achieve net zero emissions by 2040.”
“We applaud Maersk for leading the pack to get ocean ships off dirty fossil fuels, though we have concerns regarding Maersk’s leading choice of e-methanol, which is neither scalable for its full fleet nor a 100% zero-emission option.”
“As a fuel, e-methanol emits the same amount of carbon used to produce it – meaning carbon will be emitted back into the atmosphere when these fuels are burned.”
Several media outlets have reported that Maersk withdrew its board member from industry organisation ICS, partly over the trade association’s stance on climate change.
Photo credit: A.P. Møller – Mærsk
Published: 12 July, 2022
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