Maritime shipping generates circa 2.5% of global emissions (about the same as the aviation sector), and it is estimated that it will contribute 17% of global emissions by 2050 unless further mitigation actions are taken. Numerous initiatives and commitments seek to curb these emissions considerably, whether for the entire transport sector in general or for maritime shipping in particular.
To achieve more sustainable maritime shipping and decrease the opacity of the sector, the SEA-CASE project calculates and discloses the maritime shipping emissions per commodity and actor (carrier, exporter, importer, country) involved in the trade of any good on the pilot platform Global Shipping Watch.
This information that has not previously been available, is a step-change in monitoring, reporting and verification of shipping emissions, and it is key to advance the decarbonization of the shipping sector. It can support ongoing efforts to reduce maritime shipping emissions, including associated to Sweden´s stated goal to decrease transport emissions by 70%, EC and IMO efforts to achieve considerable reductions of emissions in the maritime sector by 2050, and upcoming initiatives to include maritime shipping emissions more effectively in investment decisions (e.g. Poseidon Principles) and footprinting efforts.
Based on a peer-reviewed method co-developed by researchers at the University College London and SEI (Schim van der Loeff et al. 2018), which combines billions of records on vessel movements from AIS, cargo data per ship, and operational information per vessel, this project has two major goals:
Some results from SEA-CASE will contribute the information already provided by Trase for specific commodities such as soy, palm oil or beef produced in tropical countries.
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