The Danish maritime cluster has established a new climate panel comprising a number of Danish companies and organisations including shipping giant A.P.Møller - Mærsk and the World Wild Fund for Nature (WWF), writes national daily newspaper Berlingske Tidende. The aim of the new panel is to prepare proposals for how the shipping industry can reduce its CO2 emissions.
The climate panel held its first meeting earlier this week. The director of the Danish Maritime Authority, Jørgen Harmer Hansen, who chaired the meeting, says: "At the new partnership meeting, the focus was on climate accounts and climate strategies. The World Wild Fund for Nature recommended companies to include the climate impact of manufactured products."
"We also discussed the fact that consumers want valid information regarding the CO2 emissions of moving a certain item through the transport chain. Companies in the logistics chain have an interest in giving standardised information on CO2 emissions, and that they are validated in such a way that when a large transport user such as a department store, a brewery or a car manufacturer, wants a CO2 friendly transport chain, shipping companies operate within the same systems, so that it is impossible to cheat. Standards for CO2 reporting are thus seen as an important issue."
The partners in the maritime climate panel are: Aalborg Industries, A.P.Møller - Mærsk, MAN Diesel, WWF, the Confederation of Danish Industries, Danish Shipowners' Association, Danish Maritime, the Technical University of Denmark, FORCE, The Ministry of Transport, Odense Steel Shipyard and the Danish Maritime Authority.