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How the World’s Biggest Shipping Company Plans to Cut Emissions

  • Trial using biofuel is the biggest yet for the industry
  • Rotterdam-Shanghai round trip to save 1.5 million kilos of CO2
Mette Maersk
Mette MaerskSource: A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S
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A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S is about to conduct the shipping industry’s biggest test yet of biofuel as it seeks to cut emissions and meet its target of becoming carbon-neutral by 2050.

The Mette Maersk, one of the company’s biggest vessels, will this month set off on a 25,000 nautical miles round trip from Rotterdam to Shanghai using a blend containing 20 percent of so-called second-generation biofuel produced from plant waste. The switch should save the environment 1.5 million kilograms of CO2, the equivalent of what 200 households emit in a year.