Maersk is helping customers track the carbon footprint of their supply chains

Maersk is helping customers track the carbon footprint of their supply chains

Shipping company Maersk Line has become the first in its field to independently verify its carbon emissions data, vessel by vessel, in a move that should provide more transparency for customers trying to track the carbon footprint of their supply chains.

Maersk Line will now add the carbon data - verified by Lloyd's Register - as one of eight performance measures in score cards that are presented to customers.

It is also calling for other shipping lines to participate to make independent verification an industry standard.

"This will enable our customers to choose shipping lines based on their environmental performance," explains Jacob Sterling, head of climate and environment in Maersk Line. "It used to be that 'you cannot manage what you cannot measure'. That's not the case anymore. We will work to develop a global industry standard for verification of shipping's CO2 emissions."

This effort is centred within the Clean Cargo Working Group, which consists of shipping companies and large customers seeking ways to reduce shipping's carbon foot print.

For Maersk the goal is to reduce its carbon emissions by 25% from 2007-2020 per container moved.

Its customer scorecard highlights the monthly performance of Maersk Line with focus on on-time delivery performance and from now on also carbon foot prints.

The audit process also included a visit on board Maersk Clementine to check whether its logs going back over time corresponded correctly with the information in reporting system.