Maersk and Amazon have finalized an agreement for the transportation of 20,000 refrigerated containers using green biofuel through Maersk’s “ECO Delivery” for the years 2023-2024.
Maersk estimates that this acquisition will result in a reduction of approximately 44,600 metric tons of CO2 compared to the use of conventional bunker fuel, equivalent to about 50 million pounds of burned coal.
This partnership represents the fourth consecutive year that Amazon and Maersk have joined forces to transport containers with low environmental impact options.
Adam Baker, Vice President of Global Transportation at Amazon, expressed his pride in collaborating with Maersk, a company committed to the Climate Pledge and a leader in maritime logistics. He also highlighted the satisfaction of being part of pioneering efforts by using containers on Maersk’s first methanol-powered feeder vessel and continuing to use their biofuel.
The “ECO Delivery” biofuel option offers proven and immediate reductions in greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) for customers, without the need for offset measures.
This year, Amazon will incorporate a new feature into the “ECO Delivery” product, allowing the use of green methanol, in addition to biodiesel, as the second sustainable fuel in its ship fleet.
The system uses primary fuel consumption data in its methodology to report emissions savings with greater accuracy, including other greenhouse gases besides carbon dioxide (CO2). Additionally, this new model offers price stability and is not tied to the fossil fuel market.
Narin Phol, North America President of AP Moller – Maersk, emphasized Amazon’s dedication to sustainable maritime transport over the years and its contribution to building a more sustainable future.
He also highlighted the shared goal of both companies to achieve net-zero GHG emissions by 2040, as signatories to the Climate Pledge. Narin Phol mentioned that decarbonizing maritime transport is an important step in this journey.
The Climate Pledge, co-founded by Global Optimism and Amazon, has the participation of over 400 companies in 38 countries worldwide. The commitment aims to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2040 and includes three main commitments: regularly measuring and reporting GHG emissions, implementing decarbonization strategies aligned with the Paris Agreement, and offsetting any remaining emissions through reliable offsets.