Tokyo, October 12 2021 – Following in the footsteps of A.P. Moller - Maersk’s Ocean ECO Delivery product launched in 2019, Maersk Japan will be launching a pilot to offer customers sustainable drayage in Japan. It will utilize renewable diesel to provide immediate carbon emission reductions. This will be the first permanently fixed green solution for container drayage in Japan and promises to reduce carbon emissions for container drayage operations by up to 80% based on lifecycle analysis.
As we continue to build towards our long-term sustainability goals, at Maersk we’ are accelerating our efforts to decarbonise marine operations, most recently with the order for a ground-breaking series of 8 large ocean-going container vessels capable of being operated on carbon neutral methanol. At the same time, it is important we make every effort in the local markets to support our global vision, and I am very excited about our sustainable drayage pilot which can bring significant sustainability benefits to our customers in Japan.
The renewable biodiesel is sourced from Itochu Corporation/Itochu Enex who uses ISCC (International Sustainability and Carbon Certification) certified used cooking oil as feedstock. The fuel is then imported into Japan and put into specific container drayage trucks to carry containers of customers who purchased the service from Maersk.
Initially, the pilot will be launched in the Yokohama Kanagawa area providing drayage connections to and from the Yokohama port. The plan is to expand the solution to other parts of Japan, namely Kobe and Nagoya, over the next couple of years.
With this pilot, we are honored and humbled to pioneer a much-needed area of the supply and transport chain, listening to and serving our customers in a cleaner, better way. We encourage not only our people, vendors, partners and customers, but also other players and actors in the market to join us in the effort of building together the cleanest, most sustainable transport options henceforth.
A.P. Moller - Maersk is an integrated container logistics company working to connect and simplify its customers’ supply chains. As the global leader in shipping services, the company operates in 130 countries and employs approximately 80,000 people.