Leadership Stories


A.P. Moller - Maersk is committed to ensuring that its business practices are safe, responsible and transparent, in accordance with the principles of UN Global Compact* and contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals*.


As an integrated container logistics company and global leader in shipping services it is committed to proactively pursuing solutions in climate change. Out of the total emissions for Maersk more than 70% relate to ocean transport, which makes it the natural place for the company to focus, however over time the decarbonisation strategy will also address other modes.

“Collaboration with our customers, but also with academia, technology developers, investors and legislators is essential to reach Maersk's zero carbon target by 2050. Maersk aims to work together with Smart Freight Leaders to accelerate the development of carbon-neutral solutions.”

Kaisa Helena Tikk
Senior Global Sustainability Advisor, Maersk


  • Is committed to and in the process of adopting the GLEC Framework*, using the methodology by the Clean Cargo Working Group (CCWG)* as a basis for ocean freight emissions calculation aligned with GLEC Framework guidance. Maersk promotes the GLEC Framework to its customers and members of the CCWG.
  • Set its goal to reach carbon neutrality by 2050* by making carbon neutral vessels commercially viable by 2030, and accelerating new innovations and adoption of new technology. Its interim 2030 target is 60% relative CO2 reduction by 2030 from 2008 baseline According to the CCWG benchmark, Maerk’s average weighted CO2 performance is approximately 9% ahead of the industry average.


  • Takes action to optimize the efficiency of the fleet mainly through more fuel efficient vessels, technical retrofittings, and improved planning and network optimisation This has resulted in a relative CO2 reduction per container moved by 47% by the end of 2018 from 2007 levels.
  • Has committed to invest significant resources for innovation and fleet technology to improve the technical and financial viability of decarbonised solutions and hopes to generate a pull towards researchers, technology developers, investors, cargo owners and legislators that will activate strong industry involvement, co-development, and sponsorship of sustainable solutions strongly needed in the maritime industry.


  • Supports sector-wide agreements that help ensure a level playing field. For example, the company actively pushes for increased regulation and an incentivisation mechanism for shipping’s GHG emissions through the International Maritime Organization (IMO)*.
  • Formed ‘Carbon Pacts’ with several customers, among others with Signify (Philips Lighting)*, BMW and Tetra Pak, confirming joint commitments to sustainable growth and outlining the aspirations and areas for collaboration, including targets to reduce the carbon footprint from the ocean transport with Maersk of . Progress on set ambitions and detailed carbon footprint performance is monitored per agreed frequency.

A.P. Moller - Maersk is an integrated container logistics company working to connect and simplify its customers’ supply chains. The company consists of Maersk, APM Terminals, Damco, Svitzer and Maersk Container Industry. As the global leader in shipping services, the company operates in 130 countries.

Source of reference:
* The 10 principles of the UN Global Compact
* UN Sustainable Development Goals
* Smart Freight Centre - What is the GLEC Framework
* Clean Cargo Working Group (CCWG)
* Maersk sets net zero CO2 emission target by 2050
* International Maritime Organization (IMO)
* A leading light: Maersk is supporting Signify (Philips Lighting) in its sustainability mission