Decarbonizing the global maritime industry

The World's 100.000 commercial vessels consume around 300 million tons of fuel every year making shipping accountable for around 3% of global carbon emissions. We drive a sustainable decarbonization of the maritime industry by 2050 through collaboration, applied research and regulatory reform.

The Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping is real climate action. We are a not-for-profit, independent research and development center looking to accelerate the transition towards a net-zero future for the maritime industry. With our partners, we drive and facilitate the development and implementation of new technologies; build confidence in new concepts and mature viable strategic ways to drive the required systemic and regulatory change.

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Our Vision

Sustainable decarbonization of the maritime industry by 2050

Our Mission

An independent and significant driver of a sustainable maritime decarbonization

Our strategic objectives

Accelerating the transition to zero carbon shipping

We set the course for a sustainable transition

The Center consistently assesses, informs and guides the industry transition journey and is recognized as a change leader, trusted adviser and leading knowledge hub for maritime decarbonization.

The Center applies a holistic approach and promotes sustainable pathways that take environmental and social aspects into consideration, recognizing that the transition must be safe and just for all.

We drive collaborative research, development, and innovation

​The Center offers a safe space for collaboration that unites players across the maritime value chain behind a shared mission.

​The Center systematically informs and inspires transition pathways through applied research and innovation that removes uncertainties and barriers, creating solutions for maritime decarbonization.

​We advocate regulatory reform

​The Center seeks to influence global, regional and national decarbonization strategies and push for the needed policies and regulations to accelerate maritime decarbonization.

​The Center bases its recommendations for enabling policy frameworks and global standards on data, research and science.

With 100.000 ships globally consuming 300M tons fuel p.a. the shipping-sector accounts for around 3% of global CO2 emissions. Despite being labeled a hard-to-abate sector the shipping industry has a strong commitment to reduce CO2 emissions significantly towards 2050. The race is on and accelerating an industry wide transition requires technology advancements, industry leadership and public ownership through global regulation and policies.

The Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping combines deep specialist knowledge with an industry wide perspective through strong partnerships. We drive the development of the needed technological solutions and provide strategic guidance. Our R&D activities are structured to support the need for technological advancements and we assess the individual solutions, their gaps and risks to increase transparency and de-risk decision making.

In line with Center values and the right focus on diversity, health and inclusion to nurture an innovative and productive environment where people can thrive and grow


We dare to explore the unknown with an open mind

Decarbonizing shipping is a daunting challenge that requires bold decisions. Our credibility relies on us taking responsibility, challenge opinions and stand up for our beliefs.


We are passionate and compassionate

Decarbonizing shipping is more than a job to us. We are highly dedicated and committed to ensuring safe and sustainable solutions that protect and benefit people and planet.


We want to succeed together

Decarbonizing shipping is a team effort based on trust, and we openly and respectfully share our knowledge and drive collaboration across industries, geographies and teams for increased understanding and better decision making.


We are mission driven and persistent

Decarbonizing shipping requires action, and we take leadership to create real change. We inspire and influence the industry; we insist on the need for urgent change; and we show the world it is possible.

Financial Statements & Foundation Governance

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We are thrilled to experience the genuine support we receive from all sides to support the path towards zero carbon emissions. For that, we are humble and thank you very much.


Our ESG ambition

Microsoft Office


We employ the Microsoft Office software think-cell for the non-profit purposes of creating an industry wide transition strategy towards decarbonization of shipping.

Whistleblower Policy

Read our Whistleblower Policy in which you will find information on (1) types of concerns that may be reported, (2) who can make disclosures, (3) how to make disclosures, (4) what happens after you have reported a concern, (5) how disclosures will be treated, (6) rights of the person(s) concerned in the report, (7) protection of whistleblowers, and (8) processing of personal data.

As part of our whistleblower scheme, an internal Whistleblower Channel has been implemented. Through this channel, you can report in confidence with indication of name and contact information or, if desired, 100% anonymously. All inquiries are treated strictly confidential and securely.

The Board

The Board of Directors is deemed as the Fonden Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping's beneficial owners, and has the overall responsibility for the foundation's activities, and ensures that these are organized, managed, and exercised properly in accordance with the provisions of the legislation and the foundation's statues.