A.P. Moller – Maersk has reported a three per cent decrease in carbon dioxide emissions for its fleet of container vessels and tankers in the last year, with a total reduction of 8.9 per cent in the six years from 2002 – 2007.
The improvement has been attributed to the use of larger PS-class vessels, which are able to carry up to 11,000 containers, compared to the smaller L-class vessels only able to carry 3,700; meaning less carbon dioxide is emitted per container carried.
Last year the company also added 30 new builds to its fleet and is continuing to renew it, helping to keep all vessels as efficient as possible.
L. Robert Pederson, director of technical operations at A.P. Moller – Maersk, said: “The less fuel we use the less carbon dioxide we emit. This is good for the environment and economically for us as environmental initiatives often go hand in hand with commercial advantages.”
The company has estimated a five per cent reduction in the amount of fuel it consumes would result in a saving of DKK 1.5 billion (£159 million) at the current fuel prices.
Following the results Maersk Line has doubled its target for lowering its carbon dioxide emissions during 2008 – 2012 from five per cent to ten per cent.