If global manufacturers and retailers are to reach their goals of net carbon neutrality by 2050 it will be crucial that shipping lines also decarbonize their operations. However, the industry is presently undecided on the best way to reduce its dependency on fossil fuels.

The momentum towards decarbonization in the logistics industry – not just shipping – is gathering pace as an increasing number of service providers are being prompted by their customers to demonstrate their commitment to net zero operations. According to Maersk, around 200 of its largest customers have set or are setting science-based or zero carbon targets for their supply chains and, to be able to meet these targets, out-sourced transport operators, not least shipping lines, need to play their part.

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