About Clean Cargo

Clean Cargo is a business-to-business leadership initiative that involves major brands, cargo carriers, and freight forwarders dedicated to reducing the environmental impacts of global goods transportation and promoting responsible shipping. Clean Cargo represents around 85 percent of global container cargo capacity and constitutes the leading buyer-supplier forum for sustainability in the cargo shipping industry. 

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As one of the most well-established green freight initiatives and one of the few with a global reach, our CO2 Emissions Calculation Methodology is the ocean shipping standard used by other initiatives such as U.S. EPA's SmartWay Program, and the Global Logistics Emissions Council (GLEC). 


Our Vision

Clean Cargo members share a vision of a shipping industry that is a responsible part of sustainable supply chains and that supports clean oceans, healthy port communities, and global climate goals

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How We Work

We pursue our vision through four main activities:

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Measuring, reporting, and evaluating performance data in marine container transport

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Sharing best practices and member engagement

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Catalyzing and partnering on projects that drive sustainability performance improvement

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Supporting responsible corporate engagement


Clean Cargo Sustainable Development Goals Alignment