We pursue our vision through the following activities:
(Click on each of the headings to learn more)
MEASURING, REPORTING, AND EVALUATING PERFORMANCE DATA IN MARINE CONTAINER TRANSPORT
Every year, Clean Cargo carriers report on vessel-specific environmental performance data to BSR (the secretariat of Clean Cargo), using a standard reporting template and guidance methodologies. The data are then verified by an approved auditor, and BSR performs a quality review before providing the aggregated data to shipping customers that are members of the group via individualized carrier scorecards. In 2018, Clean Cargo carriers represented over 80% of the container shipping industry, with more than 3,200 container vessels reported.
What We Measure:
- CO2, SOx and NOx emissions
- Waste management, water effluents, chemical use
- Environmental Management System
How We Measure It:
- Quantitative information, through a standardized set of metrics for assessing ocean carriers’ environmental performance vessel by vessel
- Qualitative information on carriers’ environmental and social management and performance through an annual survey
CO2 and SOx information are verified for all vessels reported, with a protocol drafted in 2010 in partnership with Lloyds Register and revised in 2017.
SHARING BEST PRACTICES AND MEMBER ENGAGEMENT
Clean Cargo is a forum for discussion and best-practice sharing, which we complement with member-only reports, case studies, meetings, and webinars.
Our members consistently rate our in-person member meetings, held in different regions twice each year, as one of the top values of the group. We bring together representatives from our 50 member companies and industry experts for two-and-a-half days of presentations and discussion on green freight trends. The meetings allow us to make progress on own work plan and to share best practices among members. Following the meetings, members disseminate information to colleagues, start new projects with their business partners and other stakeholders, and apply lessons learned to accelerate progress on their own goals.
Throughout the year, members participate in workstreams and recieve updates on Clean Cargo activities and green freight trends in our newsletter.
If you are a carrier, shipper, or forwarder and would like to request an invitation to be an Observer at our next in-person member meeting, please click here.
CATALYZING AND PARTNERING ON PROJECTS THAT DRIVE SUSTAINABILITY PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT
In 2017-2018, Clean Cargo members produced a materiality assessment with input from shipping stakeholders to identify the most important Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) issues facing the sector:
Clean Cargo currently works to address many of the most material issues, such as climate, air quality, and subcontractor management. We also partner with other organizations such as the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network, Trident Alliance, Container Ship Safety Forum (CSSF), and Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative. Throughout the year, we publish thought leadership on many material issues and hold best practice sessions for members via webinars and during in-person member meetings.
SUPPORTING RESPONSIBLE CORPORATE ENGAGEMENT
Clean Cargo actively works to align and harmonize environmental methodologies globally across modes, including through our support of the Global Logistics Emissions Council (GLEC) Leadership Framework. Collaboration and dialogue between existing and emerging initiatives drives transparency and improvements.
Clean Cargo also works to enhance progress on the industry action plan to decarbonize shipping, aligned with the IMO targets and the global climate goals.