Maersk Urges EU Climate and Ozone Action
TINGLEV, Denmark, February 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –
Maersk Container Industry calls for tougher enforcement of European environmental
legislation designed to protect the Earth’s ozone layer and help prevent climate change.
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“We urge the European Commission to ensure enforcement of existing EU legislation
regarding insulation foam in reefer containers,” says Peter K. Nymand, CEO for Maersk
“This would benefit the environment, and it would help European innovation and
environmental investments pay off,” Nymand adds.
Current EU legislation bans the “import” or “placing on the market” of reefer
containers with significant potential to damage the climate and ozone layer. But thousands
of such containers nevertheless circulate in Europe’s internal market on virtually the
same market conditions as more environmentally friendly reefers.
Supotec, which was developed and patented by Maersk Container Industry (MCI) in 2002,
does not damage the ozone layer, nor does it cause significant climate change. As a
result, customers and the World Wildlife Foundation WWF laud Supotec for being an
environmental step forward.
“This is environmental precaution. It is positive when enterprises, in this case
Maersk Container Industry, move ahead of the legislation by developing products and
production methods, which in turn make it possible for legislators to demand more from the
rest of the industry,” says John Nordbo, head of the Conservation Department at WWF,
In MCI’s opinion, EU regulation (EC) No 1005/2009 (formerly 2037/2000) was made with
good intentions to prevent damage to the Earth’s climate and ozone layer. Yet in reality,
thousands of old reefer containers operate in a legal grey zone in Europe because the EU
Commission gives a grace period if the containers are not “placed on the market”
Therefore, MCI’s competitors, who for the most part use HCFC141b-gas in their foam
production, have so far not had to make the same environmental investment as MCI did with
Supotec in 2002. This neither benefits European innovation, nor the climate, says MCI.
Each new reefer container from Maersk Container Industry prevents almost 27 tonnes of
CO2 emissions compared with HCFC141b reefers. As of 1 January 2013, the total Supotec
production had offset CO2 emissions equal to what 441,000 Danish citizens emit in one
MCI is the container manufacturing arm of the A.P. Moller – Maersk Group. MCI’s reefer
production will increase when a new USD170 million reefer factory in Chile starts
production as scheduled in December 2013.
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SOURCE Maersk Container Industry Group