APM Terminals appoints head of decarbonisation

APM Terminals appoints head of decarbonisation
Sahar Rashidbeigi

APM Terminals (APMT) has hired Sahar Rashidbeigi as the company’s head of decarbonisation as it looks to transition towards carbon neutral operations.

Rashidbeigi will assume the role from the start of November 2021, which represents the creation of a dedicated function fully focused on decarbonisation.

Mikael Gutman, head of APMT Procurement, said: “As a company, we have high ambitions and we are fully committed to addressing the emissions in our operations, but also to turning this challenge into an opportunity for our customers and partners.

“However, we cannot do it without the right people, and I am very happy that Sahar will be joining us to lead this important and impactful journey for APMT in collaboration with our partners, suppliers, as well as the wider Maersk team.”

Rashidbeigi, who holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, is an experienced senior management advisor in areas of energy transition, cross-sector decarbonisation and circular economy.

She has more than five years of experience from McKinsey & Company in Amsterdam, where she was co-founder and co-lead of McKinsey Sustainability Insights.

In addition, she has front line experience from Vietnam, Thailand and Kuwait from Schlumberger, a leading supplier of technology and consultancy services to oil and gas industries.

Her most recent assignment was as senior strategy advisor with Invest-NL, a Dutch impact fund, focused on societal transitions, such as the path towards a carbon neutral and circular economy.

Rashidbeigi stated: “Climate change is the single greatest challenge we face today. APMT and the broader Maersk family have demonstrated a serious commitment to taking action to address this issue.

“I am both humbled and inspired by the opportunity to build further on the progress already made and to drive the company’s transformation toward carbon neutrality.”

Recently, APMT partnered with Siemens on a pilot project to reduce emissions at its terminal in Mumbai, India.

The next step will see the operator rolling out terminal-specific improvement measures across a wider portfolio of terminals globally, with the aim of achieving similar emission reduction in other locations.