AP Moller - Maersk has partnered with ERS/BoxXpress.de, a Hamburg-based railway company that exclusively operates emission-free electric container trains in Germany using hydropower renewable energy.
Hydrogen fuel cells contain a zero-carbon fuel that can be converted into electricity with high efficiency. While hydrogen has previously been utilised to power passenger cars and buses, the CapO2 free intermodal transports solution is now being supported by the Maersk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping, as part of their development of sustainable fuels.
The electric container trains will be used to connect the seaport of Bremerhaven with other cities of the country, including Nuremberg, Munich, Stuttgart and Mannheim.
ERS/BoxXpress.de already facilitates 85% of Maersk's block-train rail services in Germany, saving over 9,000 tons of CO2 from being released into the atmosphere annually, according to a statement.
"Our aim is to be able to convert 100% of our inland rail network, a year from now, by Q1 2022," Johannes Tenschert, Maersk Intermodal Sales Manager, Germany.
Maersk’s rail transport in Germany is set to become 100% carbon free by the start of 2022, setting ambitious carbon-neutral targets across its intermodal offerings.