To remind, the Roadmap was initially launched in 2016, in efforts to address the issues of the environmental impact and present sustainable options for the maritime sector.
The updated Roadmap, consisting of six vision areas – Oceans, Communities, People, Transparency, Finance, and Energy – each aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals and with its own set of objectives and interrelated milestones, sets out opportunities for positive impact across and beyond the shipping value chain.
Companies and organizations are called to use the Roadmap’s 60 milestones as indicators against which they report and track progress of their respective sustainability journeys.
The current goals of the industry include
- from a changing climate and the need for rapid decarbonization by 2050
- to increased scrutiny and pressure from investors, lenders and other financial stakeholders to improve sustainability performance and reporting
- to the labour and human rights risks faced by seafarers worldwide, and highlighted by the ongoing crew change crisis.
Developed by members of the Sustainable Shipping Initiative with review and feedback from industry, the Roadmap deepens our individual and collective understanding of the barriers and opportunities, creating a common language and purpose for a sustainable, successful shipping industry.
SSI Executive Director Andrew Stephens stated that
From ocean governance; to port and coastal communities; seafarers and shipping workers; transparency and accountability; financial solutions to enable maritime innovation; to the radical decarbonization of shipping – all of these elements are key in our collective journey to a sustainable and successful maritime industry.