The oceans will be vital for future global growth and prosperity. The OCED has estimated that the blue economy can double its contribution to global value creation by 2030. However, our oceans are under considerable pressure from climate change, acidification, pollution and unsustainable harvesting. Seaborne transport is one of the most energy-efficient forms of transport, but it is also a significant contributor to global emissions. A transition to green shipping should be a key part of a global strategy to reduce the environmental burden on our oceans and the atmosphere. Emissions and discharges from shipping can be reduced further. To achieve this, new green technologies and solutions need to be developed.

The ASEM conference on “Green Shipping: Blue Business, Moving Forward Together” organised by the Government of Norway, in cooperation with the Governments of Singapore, Germany and the Philippines provided an opportunity for authorities, businesses and organisations from all ASEM Partners to exchange practical experience, solutions, ideas and suggestions in this field. By promoting a green shift in all segments of the maritime industry, the conference also aimed to contribute to the wider agenda of implementing the UN’s Agenda 2030.