Sustainable Shipping Initiative


Name of initiative Sustainable Shipping Initiative
LPAA initiative No
NAZCA Initiative No
Website address
Related initiatives
Starting year 2010
End year
Secretariat 19 Eastbourne Terrace, Paddington, London, W2 6LG, United Kingdom

In London, phone: +44(0)20 7324 3663, e-mail:

Organisational structure
Geographical coverage Global
Name of lead organisation Sustainable Shipping Initiative
Type of lead organisation Network/Consortium/Partnership
Location/Nationality of lead organisation United Kingdom


Description "The Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI) is a multi-stakeholder initiative that brings together like-minded and leading organisations with shared goals and equal determination in improving the sustainability of the shipping industry in terms of social, environmental and economic impacts.

SSI members recognise that a sustainable shipping industry means: • Changing to a diverse mix of energy sources, using resources more efficiently and responsibly, and dramatically reducing greenhouse gas intensity • Providing safe, healthy and secure work environments so that people want to work in shipping, where they can enjoy rewarding careers and achieve their full potential • Earning the reputation of being a trusted and responsible partner in the communities we live, work and operate • Developing financial solutions that reward sustainable performance and enable large-scale uptake of innovation, technology, design and operational efficiencies • Transparency and accountability drive performance improvements and enable better, sustainable business decision-making • Proactively contributing to the responsible governance of the oceans."

Objectives Bringing together leading companies in the maritime sector to create a sustainable and

successful shipping industry by 2040.

Activities Looking ahead the SSI strategy will focus on three activities:

1.Promoting individual leadership through nearer-term commitments and sharing individual action and performance widely. 2.Innovation platforms that seek to tackle existing barriers in partnership with others and also identify new areas that present risks and opportunities for the industry. 3.Becoming the progressive voice for the industry and scaling up the great solutions that already exist through media and communications activities

One or two success stories achieved

Monitoring and Impacts

Function of initiative Political dialogue
Activity of initiative Awareness raising and outreach, Advocacy, Policy planning and recommendations
Goals SSI aims to:

• Shine a light on what is working, and what is needed, to accelerate sustainability and shape and positive narrative • Demonstrate that value can be created through sustainable development • Deepen understanding of key barriers and take action to accelerate progress • Increase collective impact across the industry

Comments on indicators and goals
How will goals be achieved SSI publishes and updates the Roadmap to a sustainable shipping industry, which demonstrates what sustainable shipping can look like by providing a framework and laying out the steps and concrete milestones that need to be achieved.

The Roadmap also guides SSI’s work, which is based on working groups where members and other stakeholders come together to tackle a specific issue within the industry where SSI can make a unique positive impact. In 2020, we have worked on ship recycling, developing sustainability criteria for marine fuels, and have recently launched a working group on seafarers’ labour and human rights.

Have you changed or strenghtened your goals
Progress towards the goals 2018 saw the launch of the Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative (, which aims to improve the ship recycling industry through transparent disclosure of shipowners’ ship recycling policies, practices, and progress. The SRTI publishes an annual Progress report:

In 2019, SSI held a series of stakeholder consultations to explore the potential role of sustainable biofuels in shipping’s decarbonisation. You can read more about the process here:

The report, launched at COP25 in Madrid, can be found here:

In 2020 we have announced two new pieces of work: - Sustainability criteria of fuels: - Delivering on seafarers’ rights:

How are you tracking progress of your initiative
Available reporting


Participants Number Names
Members 14  
Companies 10 Bunge (Switzerland),China Navigation Company (China),IMC (Singapore),Louis Dreyfus Company (Switzerland),Lloyds Register (United Kingdom),AP Møller Maersk (Denmark),Oldendorff Carriers (Germany),Pria Blue (India),Rightship (United K.),South32 (Australia),China navigation company (China),WWF (Brazil).
Business organisations 0
Research and educational organisations 0
Non-governmental organisations 2 Forum for the Future (United K.),  WWF (Brazil).
National states 0
Governmental actors 0
Regional / state / county actors 0
City / municipal actors 0
Intergovernmental organisations 0
Financial Institutions 2 ABN AMRO (Netherlands),  Standard Chartered (United K.)
Other members 0
Supporting partners 0
Number of members in the years
Have only national states as participators No


Transport Agriculture Forestry Business Financial institutions Buildings Industry Waste Cities and subnational governments Short Term Pollutants International maritime transport Energy Supply Fluorinated gases Energy efficiency Renewable energy Supply chain emission reductions Adaptation Other Resilience Innovation Energy Access and Efficiency Private Finance
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Last update: 11 March 2021 10:27:03

Not only have national states as participators