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How Shipping Company Maersk Plans to Go Carbon Neutral


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Maritime shipping makes up more than 90 percent of the world's trading, according to the International Maritime Organization. That's a whole lot of boats. So the fact that the enormous Danish shipping company Maersk is currently working to make its expansive shipping process sustainable is pretty exciting, as the move could significantly help reduce the industry's carbon footprint. As reported by Good News Network, Maersk plans to replace all of its ships' fossil fuels with renewable fuel sources by next year in order to comply with a new maritime law. Additionally, the brand intends to become completely carbon neutral by 2050.

According to a press release on Maersk's website, on Jan. 1, 2020, the company will institute "a fuel switch of a magnitude never seen before," by switching all of their ships to low-sulfur fuel. Maersk owns 750 ships, each of which will be fully equipped to run on clean fuel by 2020. As explained on Australia's Department of the Environment and Energy website, sulfur dioxide is a gas that mostly comes from human activities such as generating electricity from coal, burning fossil fuels, and fuel combustion. Sulfur has also been known to cause respiratory issues, such as coughing, shortness of breath, and a tight chest, the website added. Additionally, sulfur can cause acid rain, which can weaken soil quality and hurt crops, as per Sciencing.