As the biggest shipping line in the world, Maersk Line plays an important role in facilitating reliable and efficient supply chains for thousands of companies. We recognise that our position as an enabler of global trade brings great opportunities but also responsibilities.
In the last 50 years, international trade in manufactured goods has increased over 100 times, from USD 95 billion to USD 12 trillion. Today, ocean transport accounts for 90% of global trade and containerisation has been instrumental in driving this development.
The rise in global trade over the past 50 years have delivered important social and economic benefits and improved the livelihoods of millions of people. However, it is impossible to talk about the benefits of economic development without recognising the significant consequences this has already had, and will continue to have, for our environment and the amount of natural resources available on the planet. Shipping for instance accounts for 3-4% of man-made CO2 emissions worldwide. While ocean shipping is by far the most environmentally efficient form of transportation, the industry still has a significant impact on greenhouse gasses.
Click here to view the Maersk Liner business sustainability policy.
“Route 2” stands for the path we have chosen to make sustainability a central component of our operating model and our path towards sustainable profitable growth. In our “Route 2” report from 2012, you can read more about our approach to sustainability and our progress so far.