Moving sustainable shipping forward

Maritime shipping is one of the oldest transnational industries and is highly important for our global economy as 90% of all trade is transported by maritime shipping. The environmental impact from shipping is already under regulation of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for more than 50 years.

However, implementation and enforcement of IMO’s measures remains challenging. The footloose sector is difficult to monitor and enforce. In addition, the industry itself is only slowly moving forward when it comes to adopting Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management Strategies. Using insights from both business administration and global environmental governance, this projects seeks explanations for the lack of environmental improvement in the industry and discusses options to move shipping forward in their environmental management.

Green Shipping: Governance and Innovation for a Sustainable Maritime Supply Chain

The Sauder School of Business of the University of British Columbia (Canada) is leading an international collaborative research network focused on improving the environmental performance of the maritime shipping industry. This Green Shipping Partnership (GSP) is investigating efforts to encourage greener shipping practices and will contribute policy recommendations aimed at reducing the negative impacts of shipping on the environment. Judith van Leeuwen is member of GSP. Video: UBC group is tasked with making the shipping industry greener (GlobalNews)


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