Today’s Solutions: January 18, 2022

Shipping accounts for around 2 percent of the planet’s energy-related carbon footprint. To shrink those emissions down to zero and in line with the Paris Agreement, the shipping industry needs to urgently find alternative, more efficient fuels to power its oceangoing vessels.

Well aware of the urgency of the issue, shipping giant Maersk has recently decided to ramp up its climate action efforts by announcing plans to launch a carbon-neutral vessel by 2023 — seven years ahead of schedule. The move comes as part of its broader goal to reduce its environmental footprint and hit a target of net-zero CO2 emissions by 2050.

According to the Danish firm, the world’s largest shipping company, the carbon-neutral vessel will consume e-methanol or bio-methanol as fuel, but it will also still be able to run on standard very low sulfur fuel oil (VLSFO) if needed.

The company will also adapt all of its new vessels with new technologies that will enable them to run on carbon-neutral fuels, as well as green up the engines of ships recently built or still under construction.

As the largest container shipping company in the world, Maersk holds a unique position to rapidly shape the future of a clean shipping industry by inspiring others to follow in its footsteps.

Solutions News Source Print this article
More of Today's Solutions

The Philippines bans child marriage to help stop child abuse

According to a report issued last year by the United Nations Children’s Fund, more than half a billion girls and women across the globe were married as children, meaning under the age of majority (18). ... Read More

This circular leather alternative is made from algae and peels

As people are increasingly becoming reluctant to use clothes and fashion accessories made out of animal-sourced leather, more and more designers are turning their eyes towards more sustainable and ethical alternatives. One of the latest ... Read More

Rapidly retrofitting old buildings is key for climate goals – Here̵...

Buildings account for about 40 percent of annual global carbon emissions. In order to meet our climate goals, every building on the planet will have to be net-zero by 2050. But since most of the ... Read More

IKEA buys land ravaged by hurricane to transform into forests

The Optimist Daily has shared several stories about the popular Swedish furniture company IKEA and its environmentally friendly initiatives such as its buyback and resell program, its pledge to stop using plastic packaging, its zero-waste ... Read More

This market is tossing “use-by” dates to help curb food waste

The British supermarket Morrisons has decided to remove “use-by” dates on milk packaging by the end of the month in an effort to save millions of pints of milk from being needlessly thrown away each ... Read More

The population of Ugandan tree-climbing lions is growing

One of the only populations of Ishasha tree-climbing lions in the world resides in Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park (QENP). Unfortunately, the population faces numerous threats such as loss of habitat, climate change, and illegal ... Read More