LONDON: February 22, 2016. The Sustainable Shipping Initiative, whose members include Cargill, Maersk Line, Akzo Nobel, Unilever, Swire Group and ABN AMRO, says it would like to see the International Maritime Organization (IMO) deliver a strong regulatory framework for the shipping industry in support of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change as agreed in Paris last December.
The SSI’s latest progress report highlights work done by its members including the development and use of clean technologies; facilitating access to finance for more efficient vessels; addressing the challenges of responsible ship recycling; and conducting research to make shipping a more attractive place to work and develop a career.
The members have also signed up to create a clear benchmark for demonstrable sustainable practice as well as providing greater collective transparency and accountability within the group.
“Our second progress report shows the real developments that the SSI and its members are making, and the positive work that is being conducted among members, and with many stakeholders in the shipping industry, said SSI CEO Alastair Fischbacher.
While acknowledging the progress made to date Fischbacher added: “We must be under no illusion of the significant challenges that lie ahead. But we have shown that when organizations within the industry come together to make a difference and drive more sustainable behaviors great things can be achieved. We will continue with this mission, and welcome more organizations from all elements of the shipping supply chain to join with us.”
To frame and prioritise some of the issues that it considers need addressing across the ocean shipping industry, the SSI has created a 2040 Roadmap to give greater direction to stakeholder discussions as well as providing organizations with a practical tool to help shape their own sustainability strategy.
“As we progress in 2016 and beyond, it is important that the Roadmap is shared as much as possible with the industry, as it provides a clear and tangible overview of what sustainability actually looks like, and the practical steps that must be taken to achieve it,” said Fischbacher. The Roadmap: www.ssi2040.org