Photo: Illustration; Image by Maersk

Swire Group joins Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center

John Swire & Sons Limited, the parent company of the Swire Group, and Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping have signed a partnership agreement, committing to a long-term strategic collaboration around the development of safe and sustainable decarbonization solutions for the maritime industry.

Illustration; Photo by Maersk

As a strategic partner, John Swire & Sons will be closely involved with the center team and provide support in realizing the center’s transition strategy, the company said.

Working together, they will explore opportunities to fund and research practical solutions to accelerate decarbonization in the shipping industry.

John Swire & Sons will also join the center advisory board guiding and contributing to the future development of the center activities. As a multidisciplinary group, Swire brings expertise across a diverse range of sectors and geographies, as well as valuable insights into regulatory and financing services.

“We welcome Swire to the Center with open arms and have great expectations of what we will achieve together. As a diversified company Swire brings experience and knowhow from a wide range of segments and can help us bridge learnings across disciplines and sectors which is essential when you are changing an entire business system,” Bo Cerup-Simonsen, CEO of Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping, commented.

“Next year, the Swire Group will have been involved in shipping for 150 years. Becoming a partner in the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping is an exciting step for us. We are committed to a sustainable shipping industry and this partnership allows us to work together with like-minded organizations to help the industry achieve that goal,” Sam Swire, Director of John Swire & Sons Limited, said.

“Together with our partners at the center, we will collectively address decarbonization issues, develop new technologies and exchange views on sustainability best practices at an industry level. We look forward to a fruitful partnership with the center.”

Shipping’s road map to decarbonization

With 70,000 ships consuming 300 million tons fuel p.a., global shipping accounts for around 3% of global carbon emissions, a share that is likely to increase as other industries tackle climate emissions in the coming decades.

Achieving the long-term target of decarbonization requires new fuel types and a systemic change within the industry. Shipping is a globally regulated industry, which provides an opportunity to secure broad-based industry adoption of new technology and fuels.

To accelerate the development of viable technologies a coordinated effort within applied research is needed across the entire supply chain. Industry leaders play a critical role in ensuring that laboratory research is successfully matured to scalable solutions matching the needs of industry. At the same time, new legislation will be required to enable the transition towards decarbonization.