Anmar Frangoul, CNBC
May 3, 2021
One of largest shipping company, Maersk, said it would launch a carbon-neutral vessel by 2023.
ne of largest shipping company, Maersk, said it would launch a carbon-neutral vessel by 2023. Carbon neutral refers to making net zero emission by removing equal amount of CO2 emitted. This aims to reduce its environmental footprint and hit a target of net-zero carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 2050.
Maersk stated that the vessel will be powered by either carbon neutral e-methanol or sustainable bio-methanol, although it will still be able to run on standard very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO) if required. According to the International Energy Agency(IEA), in 2019 international shipping was responsible for about 2% of global-energy-related CO2 emissions.
It is quite large that one sector of industry accounts for 2% of global emissions. Therefore, Maersk's plan is meaningful considering the environmental impact of the shipping industry. The main fuel of carbon-neutral vessel, E-methanol, can be obtained by combining hydrogen from decomposing water molecules using renewable electricity and carbon dioxide from air capture.
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