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Bestseller Buys Into Carbon-Neutral Ocean Transport

A.P. Moller-Maersk has signed a fully carbon-neutral transport agreement on ocean services with Danish fashion retailer Bestseller.

The open-ended agreement on lifestyle logistics covers all of Bestseller’s global transportation requirements and includes inland logistics and warehousing.

“I am very pleased that Bestseller, one of the top fashion and lifestyle groups in the world, has chosen Maersk ECO Delivery to reduce the company’s carbon footprint in transportation at sea,” Vincent Clerc, executive vice president and CEO of Ocean & Logistics at Maersk, said. “This is a solution that makes a real difference, as Eco Delivery uses sustainable biofuel to power selected Maersk-vessels and helps Bestseller make progress toward…ambitious sustainability goals.”

Bestseller’s climate strategy states clear reduction targets in line with the Paris agreement with the ultimate goal of becoming climate positive. The company has through the Science Based Targets Initiative committed to reduce absolute scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions by 50 percent by 2030, and scope 3 GHG emissions from purchased goods and services and upstream and downstream transportation by 30 percent over the same time frame.

“We are continuously exploring ways of improving our environmental footprint and we see the option of leveraging biofuel for our sea transportation as an important course of action,” Thomas Børglum-Jensen, chief financial officer and head of logistics at Bestseller, said. “We are pleased to be working with Maersk to take this initial step, which we expect to be one of several on our way to ultimately realizing a fully carbon neutral transportation option.”

The Maersk Eco Delivery is a biofuel that is carbon neutral and manufactured from recycled sustainable biomass. It is certified as a sustainable fuel by the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification body. The global agreement on Eco Delivery and long-term logistics partnership between Maersk and Bestseller will enter into effect on Sept. 1.