Andreea Miu presents the Sustainability Criteria for alternative fuels at the Sustainable Maritime Fuels Forum

SSI presents Sustainability Criteria at the Sustainable Maritime Fuels Forum

Andreea Miu presents the Sustainability Criteria for alternative fuels at the Sustainable Maritime Fuels Forum
Andreea Miu presents the Sustainability Criteria for alternative fuels at the Sustainable Maritime Fuels Forum. Image credit: InventU

At the end of 2022, SSI Head of Decarbonisation Andreea Miu spoke at the Sustainable Maritime Fuels Forum in Berlin. Organised by InventU Renewables, the forum focused on the future of shipping and what measures are in place to build a resilient system.

Andreea was part of a panel discussion on the uptake of sustainable marine fuels, discussing various enabling elements in shipping’s green transition from sustainability assurance to finance and demand-side signals from shipping.

Andreea spoke about SSI’s Sustainability Criteria for marine fuels, highlighting the importance of avoiding ‘carbon tunnel vision’. For shipping to ensure a resilient and successful future, it needs to consider the environmental, social, and socioeconomic issues experienced across the fuel value chain. This ensures that shipping’s future fuel choices are simultaneously part of the wider green transformation and the just transition.

 


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Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative (SRTI) to be hosted by Smart Freight Centre

The Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative (SRTI), hosted by the Sustainable Shipping Initiative since its creation in 2018, has been transferred to Smart Freight Centre from 1 January 2023.

The SRTI was developed as an independent initiative and launched in December 2018 with the objective of bringing together ship recycling stakeholders around transparency, to call for and contribute to a level playing field for responsible and transparent ship recycling.

Since 2018, the initiative has grown to 31 signatories and 14 disclosing shipowners across North America, Europe and Asia, all committed to enabling positive change in the ship recycling sector.

Alongside a committed Steering Group, the Sustainable Shipping Initiative has worked to promote the SRTI and the need for transparency through events and the publication of an annual report.

Now, we are pleased to announce the transition of the initiative to Smart Freight Centre (SFC), an international non-profit organisation focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from freight transportation. SFC programs include the Global Logistics Emissions Council (GLEC)Clean Cargo, and the Sustainable Freight Buyers Alliance (SFBA), bringing expertise with data-driven initiatives that make it a natural fit to be the new host for the SRTI.

Looking ahead, we wish the SRTI community and Smart Freight Centre all the best and look forward to continued collaboration between our initiatives.

For any questions, please reach out to srti@smartfreightcentre.org


COP15 deal struck to protect biodiversity

Progress against milestone 1.2040.2

High seas and coastal marine protected areas are established and enforced, and marine spatial plans are in place

December 22, 2022

The 15th session of the United Nations Biodiversity Conference (COP15) took place from 7 to 9 December 2022. It ended with a historic agreement on a ’30 by 30′ target.

COP15 resulted in the adoption of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) which aims to address biodiversity loss, restore ecosystems, and protect indigenous rights. Included in this framework is putting 30% of the planet and its ecosystems under protection by 2030.


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EU ETS to include shipping emissions

Progress against milestone 6.2030.2

Mid- and long-term measures implemented and national regulation incentivising and ensuring the uptake of zero (or low) carbon fuels and technologies in place.

December 19, 2022

The European Union Emission Trading Scheme (EU ETS) is being extended to include emissions from shipping.

Under the agreement, emissions from the ETS sectors must be reduced by 62% by 2030, with free allowances disappearing by 2034. The scheme will cover greenhouse gasses such as carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide.


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SBTi maritime guidance

Progress against milestone 6.2020.3

Technical and operational energy efficiency measures, including the adoption of a circular approach and science-based targets, are introduced and business models for low and zero carbon shipping incentivised.

December 19, 2022

The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) have launched framework for the shipping industry to set near- and long-term science-based targets in line with 1.5C.

The guidance will assist ship owners, operators, and those setting supply chain emission targets associated with maritime trade.


SSI Impact: News from our journey to sustainable shipping - 04/2022

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A year of growth and planning for increased action towards a sustainable shipping industry

15 December 2022 – 2022 has brought with it renewed connectivity and a return to normality for most of us, with conferences and in-person meetings returning to the agenda. However, it was also a stark reminder that we cannot continue behaving in our current and historic unsustainable ways. Change is crucial if we are to adapt to the needs of a sustainable future. SSI’s mission to be a catalyst for a sustainable and successful shipping industry remains as pertinent as ever, and we continue on this crucial journey. Within the SSI, this year has granted our members and secretariat greater opportunities for in-person dialogue and collaboration, to discuss and brainstorm ideas for furthering our existing work, as well as to identify new focus areas where we can create impact. With this in mind, 2022 was a year of planning and growth for the SSI. We have had the pleasure of growing our secretariat, with two new employees, along with two new members, the Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB) and, our first port member, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority.

Behind the scenes, we have been working on an updated strategy. Through an in-person workshop in March this year, members got to make their mark on the strategy, ensuring that it leads to a stronger SSI that can catalyse demonstrable progress within the industry, with the support and active engagement of our member and partner network. Part of this change includes expanding our membership offering to ensure greater opportunities for those in the maritime ecosystem to get involved. New members and partners will allow for a broader range of perspectives as we identify ways to tackle the sustainability challenges of the maritime sector together.

At the same time, we understand that shipping’s operations are intertwined within a wider system. No company or industry can singlehandedly solve the systemic challenges that propel inequality and the climate, biodiversity, and pollution crises. In 2023, we are excited to continue working with various stakeholders within and outside of the maritime sector, ensuring that we are hearing from new voices and learning from unique perspectives and experiences, so that we are in a position to support each other through this sustainability transformation.

Our current working groups engage with sustainability holistically and aim to tackle some of the systemic issues that the sector needs to address in order to forge a better path forward for both people and the planet. Looking ahead to the coming year, we will continue shining a light on emerging issues that require action.

This year saw SSI build on last year’s Exploring shipping’s transition to a circular industry report through the Ship lifecycle working group. Collaborating with members, academic institutions, and organisations across the shipping and steel sectors, we are exploring the topic of sustainable steel, lower-carbon steel shipbuilding, and the drivers and barriers to closing the loop on steel within the shipping value chain. The coming months will see the presentation of this research to the industry and an outreach campaign to encourage industry uptake and further discussions around this important topic.

As shipping embarks on its sustainability transition, we have the opportunity to build resilient, sustainable supply chains. We have continued to work on advocacy for the Sustainability criteria for marine fuels work, which aims to ensure that sustainability is considered at the same level as availability, cost, and technical feasibility in discussions about future fuels. Through SSI’s member WWF, we are engaged in an IMO correspondence group tasked with the development of fuel lifecycle guidelines. In addition to this, we have promoted the criteria at various events, and have focused on collaboration – partnering with the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping with the objective of sharing knowledge and best practice on shipping’s sustainable decarbonisation. 2023 will see us continue to build up dialogue and partnerships on this topic, as well as test the application of the criteria in the context of green corridors.

At the same time, we must continue to shine a light on those impacted by the changes to the industry. In October SSI and IHRB released the first Delivering on seafarers’ rights progress report, reflecting on progress since the launch of the Code of Conduct and self-assessment questionnaire. The SEAFAIRER Roundtable convened seafarers, shipowners and others to share their experiences, learnings, and best practices on topics such as shore leave, gender, diversity, and discrimination. In the coming year, we will continue tracking progress whilst convening inclusive environments for experts and seafarers to share their experiences and best practices on key issues. Accompanying this, we are continuing to engage with cargo owners, shipowners, managers, and charters to encourage uptake of the Code of Conduct and increase transparency on progress and results to better champion seafarers’ rights to a safe, healthy, and secure environment.

Finally, we are working to ensure that the Roadmap to a sustainable shipping industry acts as a living tool for the sector, tracking industry progress in a way that stimulates action towards sustainability. We will commence updating each vision area to ensure that the roadmap reflects global challenges and trends across the maritime ecosystem. Going forward, the Roadmap will act as a compass for the maritime sector, allowing better navigation of sustainability challenges, transitions, and emerging issues, whilst simultaneously shining a light on positive changes within the sustainability journey.

I am very proud to see the progress that SSI has made – the new relationships, valuable insights, and fresh perspectives originating from the SSI community, from the secretariat to the members, trustees, and all external partners and stakeholders that have made presentations and otherwise engaged with our work.

Shipping has a crucial role to play in establishing a resilient supply chain both within shipping and when servicing other industries. I am confident that the research SSI has shared, and will continue to share, will catalyse further transformation as shipping embarks on its just and green transition. The time to act is now – we must not let the perfect become the enemy of what is good and needed. Let us navigate the course to sustainable shipping, together.

Wishing all a good holiday season and a happy new year,

Guy Campbell
Chair
Sustainable Shipping Initiative


SSI is signatory to “No Paris Without Montreal" declaration

In December, Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) met COP15 to determine the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF). The GBF is a roadmap to guide action to halt biodiversity loss by 2030 and achieve recovery by 2050.

The ocean is the largest living space on Earth and our best ally to tackle climate change and biodiversity loss. We need to step up action and ambition for the effective protection of marine life. As daily users of our oceans, it is vital for shipping to be part of the solution, not the problem.

This is a key moment for maintaining and restoring ocean biodiversity, enabling the oceans upon which we rely to continue providing vital ecosystem services to nature and people worldwide.

SSI is proud to be one of the 86 organisations, alongside SSI members Maersk and WWF and under the coordination of the Ocean & Climate Platform, calling for action through the “No Paris Without Montreal” declaration. The declaration is built around 12 key recommendations, and it calls on Parties to the CBD to establish an ambitious policy framework that supports the Paris Agreement and enables the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

COP15 resulted in the adoption of a target to protect at least 30% of the world’s terrestrial and inland water, as well as 30% of coastal and marine areas by 2030.


Ram Ganesh Kamatham

Ram Ganesh Kamatham


Project Manager

Ram Ganesh joined the Sustainable Shipping Initiative Secretariat in November 2022 where he is responsible for SSI’s roadmap to a sustainable shipping industry.

He started his career at IBM in India as an instructional designer, before moving into consulting across the private sector, the policy-think tank space and IGOs, including a stint at UNESCO. He brings his background in learning design, ethnographic research and strategic foresight towards engaging the cross-cutting and emergent issues that impact the maritime sector’s transition to sustainability.

Ram Ganesh is from Bangalore, India and has lived in the Caribbean and in Singapore. He was a Felix Scholar at SOAS, University of London and holds an MA in the Anthropology of Media. He was also a Lee Foundation Scholar at RSIS, NTU Singapore where he earned an MSc in International Relations. He has additional qualifications in psychology and strategic studies, and attended the School of Modern Diplomacy co-organised by the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna and the United Nations University.


SEAFAIRER Roundtable in Singapore

11 October 2022 –  To mark the first anniversary of the Delivering on Seafarers’ Rights Code of Conduct, the Institute for Human Rights and Business, the Sustainable Shipping Initiative, the Rafto Foundation and the Mission to Seafarers held an inaugural in-person “SEAFAIRER” roundtable in Singapore in October 2022, hosted by Swire Shipping with support from the Lloyd’s Register Foundation and the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.

This event brought seafarers and seafarers’ welfare/rights organisations together with charterers, shipowners, ship managers & operators, cargo owners, unions, government and others to hear the seafarers’ perspective on welfare issues, and to hear the industry perspective on hurdles to and benefits of implementing the Code of Conduct. Many thanks to all the speakers and participants for their input.

Read the event summary on IHRB’s website.