Our work

To achieve our vision for a sustainable shipping industry, SSI organises itself into working groups, each consisting of a different constellation of SSI members and external partners. SSI working groups play to our members’ strengths, drawing on our diverse expertise, experience and perspectives, setting goals for themselves and for the industry.

Working groups meet on a regular basis to accelerate progress, challenging each other as well as discussing future directions and ideas. Working groups report back to the wider SSI membership at our biannual member meetings.

Areas of interest

Since our inception in 2010, SSI working groups have ranged from benchmarking, to ship finance, to decarbonisation, to recycling and circular economy. Though our work is wide-ranging, the decision to engage in a topic and develop a working group around it is carefully considered by the SSI membership.

We discuss potential areas of work as a collective based on mutual challenges and interests. We use the Roadmap as our guiding light to identify issues on the road to sustainable shipping and find gaps where SSI can make the greatest impact.

Externally, we follow industry developments and engage with stakeholders such as industry associations, researchers, among others to understand the broader sustainability landscape and the role that shipping, and SSI, can play.

Case Study: Sustainable biofuels for shipping

In 2018, SSI published the report Zero Emission Vessels: What needs to be done? that concluded that “advanced biofuels may represent the most economically feasible zero-emission alternative for the shipping industry”, while noting that biofuels “may not be the answer to the question of decarbonisation, due to two important, and coupled, considerations – sustainability and availability.”

To address the knowledge gap identified in the report, SSI subsequently launched an inquiry to explore the potential role (if any) into the sustainability and availability of biofuels for shipping, drawing on consultations with more than 100 stakeholders across and beyond the industry and launching the final report launched at the 2019 United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP25.

Our work