The UK Chamber of Shipping and its members are committed to continuously reduce shipping’s footprint on the environment and protect it for present and future generations.
Transport by sea is considered the most carbon efficient mode of carriage. While much has already been done to build on this position and manage critical environmental aspects, the Chamber and its members are committed to a culture of continuous improvement.
The Chamber and its members are taking concrete steps and leading discussions on how to further improve the environmental efficiency of shipping and actively working with regulators and engaging respective stakeholders to ensure the following goals can be met:
- Prevent pollution from ships to sea from oil, plastics, and other harmful discharges as defined by the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL).
- Deter and prevent the transportation of illegal animal and plant products by sea.
- Greenhouse gas emissions from shipping in line with the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement.
- The spread of non-native species to protect bio-diversity. The generation of shipborne garbage.
- The impact on the environment and human health from air emissions from shipping.
- Further research to understand the impact of underwater ship noise on marine life.
- Responsible recycling of ships at yards that comply fully with the Hong Kong Convention on Sustainable Ship Recycling.
- Research and development opportunities to further reduce adverse air emissions from shipping and to improve air quality.
- Responsible management of shipborne waste ashore.
Governance & Awareness & Training
- Promote Environmental Training in the Shipping Industry
- Take every opportunity to raise environmental awareness, promoting the development of sustainable environmental policies for shipping.
- Collaborate with government and interested parties to develop and promote coordinated and progressive practices that reduce the environmental impact of the shipping industry.
- Actively encourage the strengthening of effective enforcement of national, regional and international shipping regulations on ship-based pollution sources.