Container carriers cut CO2 emissions 30 pct in five years

The container carriers gathered in Clean Cargo Working Group, featuring prominent members such as Maersk Line and MSC, have managed to reduce their combined CO2 emissions by around one third since 2009, according to a new report.

In a new study performed by the container carriers' Clean Cargo Working Group initiative (CCWG), calculations on the latest available data show a decline in grams of CO2 emitted per sailed kilometer of around 30 percent in the period from 2009 to 2014.

The study, performed by the industry itself and published Wednesday, shows that an average unrefrigerated 20-foot container (teu) in 2014 emitted 53.4 gram CO2 per sailed kilometer, down from 58.3 g/km in 2013. On the key trade lane between Asia and Europe alone, where many of the new and more efficient vessels are deployed, the figure declined 43.8 g/CO2 per kilometer to 37.9 g/CO2 in the same period, corresponding to almost a 15 percent improvement.

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