Maersk Line's CO2 data verified


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2 Nov 2010

maersk_line.jpgMaersk Line is the first shipping line to receive independent verification of its CO2 emissions data, vessel by vessel. For customers like Starbucks Coffee Company, this means more transparency. "Being a

good environmental steward is important to Starbucks Coffee Company.
Our global logistics providers can aid us in lowering the carbon
footprint of our supply chain by improving their CO2 emission data.
Quantified measurement and verification is a step in the right
direction. Together, we continue to strive to better the world in which
we do business," says John Bauer, director of global transportation,
Starbucks Coffee Company. Maersk Line will now add the CO2 data -
verified by Lloyd’s Register - as one of eight performance measures in
score cards that are presented to customers. Lloyd’s Register also
lauds the added transparency. “Maersk Line is to be congratulated for
taking the lead in promoting transparency and credibility with regard
to carbon emissions,” says Madlen King, head of climate change and
sustainability at Lloyd’s Register.

 The next challenge is to get other shipping lines to participate and
thereby make independent verification an industry standard, according
to Jacob Sterling, head of climate and environment in Maersk Line.
“This will enable our customers to choose shipping lines based on their
environmental performance,” Sterling says, adding: “It used to be that
‘you cannot manage what you cannot measure’. That’s not the case any
more. 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 in search of ways to reduce shipping’s
carbon foot print. Verification after audit Before issuing its
first-ever verification, Lloyd’s Register checked whether the CO2
emissions calculated in 2009 corresponded with what auditors could find
in the comprehensive vessel reporting system at Maersk Line’s central
offices. “Low Carbon Leader” Maersk Line wants to be a “Low Carbon
Leader”. With innovation and savings the goal is to reduce its carbon
emissions by 25% from 2007-2020 per container moved. Customer scorecard
The 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. “If
the CO2 data held by the shore office is not supported by a credible
reporting system then we would not be able to verify the data and
provide an assurance statement,” says Peter Catchpole from Lloyd’s
Register’s environmental product development team. “In this instance we
also checked onboard records and reporting procedures to give greater
confidence in the reported data,” he adds.

Source: Maersk Line


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