Copenhagen will be new hub for zero carbon shipping

New fuel types and technologies in shipping are needed to decarbonise operations and making the industry sustainable. Industry majors led by A.P. Møller Mærsk have teamed up in an effort to develop such new solutions by launching the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping in Copenhagen.

The shipping industry has made a strong commitment to reduce its global carbon emissions towards 2050.

A group of leading industry players are now taking the next step to develop new fuel types and technologies by launching the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping.

Solving the climate issue in global shipping

The centre, which will be based in Copenhagen, Denmark, will be a non-profit organisation, set up as a commercial foundation with a charitable purpose. It is made possible by a start-up donation of DKK 400 million (USD 6 million) by the A.P. Møller Foundation.

Chairman of the Board in the A.P. Møller Foundation, Ane Uggla comments:

“With this donation, The A. P. Møller Foundation wishes to support the efforts to solve the climate issue in global shipping. My father, Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller was a visionary leader in the global shipping industry for more than 7 decades. He was concerned about shipping’s impact on the environment. Already in the 1980’ies he championed the use of low sulphur fuel, and he pioneered the first double hull oil tankers in the 1990’ies to minimize the risk of oil spills. Therefore, I find it very natural that my Father’s name will be connected to the center.”

- Ane Uggla, Chairman of the Board in the A.P. Møller Foundation

The founding company partners behind the initiative are ABS, A.P. Møller - Mærsk, Cargill, MAN Energy Solutions, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, NYK Lines and Siemens Energy.

The centre expects to attract several more partner companies in the future.

Will recruit around 100 employees to the Copenhagen-based office

The Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping will be an independent research centre, working across the entire shipping sector with industry, academia and authorities.

A specialised, cross-disciplinary team will collaborate globally to create overviews of decarbonisation pathways, accelerate the development of selected decarbonising fuels and powering technologies, and support the establishment of regulatory, financial and commercial means to enable transformation.

During the first two to three years the centre will recruit around 100 employees to the Copenhagen-based office.

“The future of zero carbon shipping is in Copenhagen. The launch of the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Centre for Zero Carbon Shipping and the commitment from so many international industry players marks an important milestone for the climate. We at Copenhagen Capacity are ready to assist foreign companies and talents looking to contribute to this agenda in Copenhagen”

- Asbjørn Overgaard Christiansen, CEO, Copenhagen Capacity

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