History of Clean Cargo

Our journey so far

Clean Cargo was established in 2003 as Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) collaborative initiative between ocean containerized cargo shippers, forwarders, and carriers with an interest in a sustainable container shipping sector.

As the initiative evolved, Clean Cargo members developed a standard for calculating and processes for regular reporting of containership emissions performance. The Clean Cargo methods and reporting processes facilitated the creation of emissions performance information that was accessible nowhere else, information that:

  • Cargo shippers and forwarders could use in assessing their ocean transportation emissions footprint and selecting ocean transportation suppliers.
  • Ocean cargo carriers could use to benchmark their emissions performance against other carriers.
  • Anyone could use to estimate ocean container transportation greenhouse gas emissions footprints.

Clean Cargo also became a unique and trusted forum for members seeking to share best practices with and learn from other leading companies about the decarbonization of container transportation.

Emissions reduction partnerships and projects started resulting from Clean Cargo member meetings and related engagements. In 2021, Clean Cargo members, SFC, and BSR agreed that SFC’s expertise in freight transportation decarbonization, and the alignment between the SFC and Clean Cargo visions for the future, made SFC a natural fit for the next chapter of Clean Cargo. As of January 2022, Clean Cargo was integrated into SFC. Clean Cargo is now managed as an SFC program.

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Data and methods

Clean Cargo carriers regularly submit third party verified vessel operational and technical information to SFC.