Decarbonising logistics and services

Greenhouse gas emissions related to our logistics and services value chain account for around just 14% of our total footprint. But they are of growing significance for our business, our customers and for society in general.

Why inland decarbonisation matters

For many customers, land and air freight related GHG emissions make up a large share of their overall GHG footprint. To ensure our decarbonisation strategy delivers real end-to-end impact, we need to tackle complexity on land and in the air, as well as the ocean.

Maersk’s logistics and services operations differ significantly from our ocean business. Services are generally regional, subject to different regulations. To lead the transition, we need regional and product-specific adaptations enabled by improved emissions data and analytics, as well as certification.

Our ambition

We will deliver an emergency response to the climate crisis and take leadership in the transformation of the transport and logistics sector to climate neutral operations.

Climate change

Our targets

Logistics facilities in contract logistics and cold chain: Min. 90% of operations on renewable electricity and/or green fuels by 2030 
Air: Min. 30% of cargo transported with Sustainable Aviation Fuels by 2030
Inland transportation: Min. 20% of customer cargo moves on renewable electricity and/or green fuels by 2030 
Net zero across our business and 100% green solutions to customers by 2040 

Highlights in 2022

Electric battery car pictogram
EV expansion
Electric vans are providing middle mile distribution in India and 400+ heavy-duty electric trucks are on order in the US for 2025 delivery
Warehouse status pictogram
Sustainable building certifications
All new logistics buildings aim for LEED Platinum or BREEAM Excellent certification, including sites in Denmark, Brazil and the UK
Green customer offerings
We began piloting our SAF offer to customers in partnership with United Airlines and Air France KLM

Priorities and actions

Our customers’ increasing requirements for end-to-end logistics solutions, and the need for sustainable supply chains, make our logistics and services value chain emissions a priority. Our actions in this area focus on inland transportation, contract logistics and cold chains, and air freight.


Inland transportation (truck, rail, barge)

To achieve 100% green landside transportation solutions by 2040, we are prioritising efficiency measures and promoting a shift to lower emissions transport modes like rail and barge. We are also advance clean fuel alternatives and electrification in heavy-duty trucking and have started piloting biofuels and battery-electric trucks in collaboration with our customers.

Cold Stores Truck

Contract logistics and cold chains

We are combining technologies, including energy optimisation for buildings and operations, and clean fuels for equipment, heating and infrastructure. New sites will be built to serve a low or zero-carbon business, aspiring to LEED 'Platinum', BREEAM 'Excellent' or equivalent accreditation.

LCL and air-freight

Air freight

The high cost and limited availability of SAF makes decarbonising air, and our 2030 air cargo target, particularly challenging. regulatory support and technological breakthroughs are needed to drive the transformation. We focus on developing regional roadmaps and initiatives, undertaking pilots and developing a commercially viable SAF sourcing strategy.

Featured highlights and case stories

Explore our green logistics solutions

Learn more about green offerings from Maersk. Let us help you accelerate progress on your decarbonisation goals as you plan a sustainable future – for your business, and our planet.

Strategic pilot for decarbonising inland logistics solutions

To support our customers with sustainable logistics solutions that run end-to-end, in 2022 we conducted a range of deep-dive analyses on the technical pathways required to translate our ambitions into meaningful decarbonisation opportunities.

We defined technical and energy standards, tested solutions, and explored their scalability. The insights enabled us to define a 2030 target for inland transportation as well as supporting strategic pilots and initiatives. Solutions include electrification of vans, vans and rail; lower impact cold storage refrigerants; and piloting sustainable aviation fuels.

Read more in our sustainability Report 2022.

Sustainability Report 2022

Explore our progress on environmental, social and governance dimensions in our latest Sustainability Report.
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