Retail giants look to greener cargo ships to meet climate goals

Retail giants look to greener cargo ships to meet climate goals


Tugboats guide a container ship of Maersk Line at the Yangshan Deepwater Port, operated by Shanghai International Port. | Photo by Ji Haixin / VCG via Getty Images

Pressure from some of their biggest customers is pushing companies like global shipping giant Maersk to pollute less when they transport goods. It’s a sign that individual companies’ commitments to tackling climate change can influence others along the entire supply chain.

One of the latest trends in retail has been for companies to pledge to essentially eliminate their greenhouse gas emissions. In order for them to have any chance of meeting those goals, they’ll need to work with the companies that move their products. That means cleaning up the global shipping industry, which is responsible for close to 3 percent of the world’s total emissions.

Maersk said last month that it’s significantly…

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