Maritime trade accounts for almost 80% of world trade and continues to expand. Emissions from global shipping are expected to increase by up to 250% by 2050, depending on economic growth and global energy demand. Sustainability and resilience-motivated initiatives span a broad range of issues and include safety, security, labour conditions, marine and air pollution, GHG emissions, as well as mitigating climate change.

Please click on the organizations below to find out more about their work on sustainable sea freight transport. You can enter key words into the search function (e.g. energy, emissions, pollution, climate, CO2, NOx) to tailor the organizations appearing below. You can also use the filters to customize the list of organizations according to geographical region.

Please note that this is work in progress. Summaries are only provided for organizations with a global or regional scope and not for organizations focusing on a single country.

Last updated in April 2016.

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