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Climate action NGOs including Pacific Environment have welcomed AP Moller-Maersk’s decision to back the Clean Shipping Act that Congressman Alan Lowenthal introduced in Congress in July.

As previously reported, the bill aims to 'zero out pollution from all ocean shipping companies that do business with the United States’. Lowenthal is the Congressional representative for the Port of Long Beach – and the bill is co-sponsored by his fellow Democrat Congresswoman Nanette Barragán, who represents the Port of Los Angeles..

On Tuesday (20 September), Lowenthal published a letter sent by A.P. Moller – Maersk’s CEO Soren Skou to himself and Barragán confirming the shipping giant’s support for the proposed legislation.

Skou wrote: ‘A.P. Møller-Maersk has worked on the decarbonisation of the shipping sector for over a decade and we are committed to be net zero across our business and value chain by 2040 with 100% green solutions for our customers

‘We have also committed for all our new vessels to be capable of sailing on renewable fuels. This led us to order the first 12 large ocean-going container vessels capable of being operated on green methanol, to be delivered in 2024-2025. However, in order to demonstrate and accelerate the transition, clear signals from leading nations such as the U.S. and regions such as the E.U. are needed, even if such measures are inherently regional in their reach.’

A.P. Møller-Maersk’s Vice President of U.S. Government Relations, Doug Morgante, also gave a clear endorsement for the bill: ‘Now is the time for action and we urge the United States Congress to pass this legislation to achieve a 45% decrease on carbon dioxide equivalent reductions by 2030.’

The NGO Pacific Environment has been building support for the legislation in California and hosted a ‘Town Hall’ event at the end of August where Lowenthal delivered the keynote address, with support from  Edie Chang, Deputy Executive Officer with the California Air Resources Board (CARB),

In a statement sent to Bunkerspot last night, Antonio Santos, Federal Climate Policy Director at Pacific Environment, said: ‘Pacific Environment applauds Maersk for supporting the Clean Shipping Act. Zero-emission fuels and vessels need to be deployed at scale to decarbonise shipping this decade and reduce outsized health burdens to portside communities. Bold policies like Congressman Lowenthal’s legislation will initiate a shift in GHG reduction strategies, providing regulatory certainty and minimizing the risk for manufacturers and suppliers. A clear market signal must be sent to industry that zero-emissions shipping must replace fossil fuels, and we call on other carriers to follow Maersk’s lead.’

Click here to read the A.P. Møller-Maersk letter. 

Click here to read the US Clean Shipping Act.


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