Amazon and Maersk Collaborate to Reduce Carbon Footprint in Global Shipping
A.P. Moller - Maersk (Maersk) and Amazon have recently solidified their partnership for the years 2023-2024, aimed at transporting 20,000 FFE (Forty-foot Equivalent) containers using environmentally friendly biofuels under Maersk's "ECO Delivery" ocean product offering. This initiative marks a significant step towards reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the global shipping industry by providing an alternative to traditional fossil fuels.
Maersk estimates that this agreement will result in a reduction of approximately 44,600 metric tons of CO2 equivalent (CO2e) compared to standard bunker fuel usage. To put it into perspective, this reduction is roughly equivalent to the emissions from burning 50 million pounds of coal. Notably, this marks the fourth consecutive year that Amazon and Maersk have collaborated on container shipping projects that prioritize low GHG fuel options.
"We’re proud to collaborate with Maersk, a Climate Pledge signatory and leader in shipping logistics, on actionable solutions to decarbonize maritime shipping, We’re excited to have containers on Maersk’s first methanol-enabled feeder vessel and to continue using their biofuel," said Adam Baker, Vice President of Global Transportation at Amazon.
According to the announcement, the ECO Delivery biofuel option is designed to deliver immediate and externally verified GHG savings for customers, eliminating the need for compensatory measures such as carbon offsetting. In a notable development this year, Amazon will also benefit from the use of green methanol in addition to biodiesel as a second eco-friendly fuel source within the vessel fleet.
It is also worth noting that the ECO Delivery program employs primary data for fuel consumption in its emissions savings methodology, providing greater precision and accounting for various greenhouse gases beyond just CO2. Furthermore, this model offers price stability and certainty, as it is not tied to the volatile fossil fuel market.