Maersk transitions to sustainable supply chain of the future

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On Tuesday, supply chain transportation corporation Maersk said it would increase visibility of its emissions data to provide supply chain transparency.

The company said its more than 600 self-managed logistics facilities around the world would be expanding in the coming years, and that the company still seeks to achieve net-zero emissions in 2040. The immediate goal, the company said, is to have a minimum of 90 percent of its operations rely on renewable electricity and non-fossil fuels by 2030.

“To bring these visionary targets to fruition, we have initiated an energy transition program tailored for our logistics facilities,” the company said. “Within this program, we have established a set of standards that will guide the development of future facilities and the retrofitting of existing ones.”

Maersk will focus on several decarbonization strategies including improving energy performance by enhancing building designs and implementing efficient technologies; electrifying as much equipment and assets as possible; powering facilities with renewable electricity sources; achieving LEED and BREEAM building certification; and using natural refrigerants in cold storage facilities.

The company said that any investment into new facilities must align with it sustainability focus either from inception or through a clear plan to meet the criteria by 2030. Existing facilities, the company said, should have an energy transition roadmap to ensure the company meets its renewable electricity goals.

“As Maersk continues to advance its sustainability efforts, this program will expand to encompass other aspects such as building materials, packaging materials, and addressing scope 3 emissions,” the company said. “Notably, the first facilities adhering to these low-emission standards have already been launched, leading the way into a greener future for Maersk and its customers.”