December 8, 2023

Decarbonizing Shipping Has a Nature-Positive Impact on Marine Biodiversity & Ecosystems

UN Foundation, Sustainable Shipping Initiative, High Level Climate Champions


COP 28

There has been increasing focus on the need – and opportunity – to decarbonize international shipping. However, a sustainable, resilient maritime industry needs to consider not only how to decarbonize, but also other environmental, social, and socio-economic impacts. Now is the time to ensure that the growing momentum to decarbonize is informed by and coordinated with efforts to improve shipping’s overall impact on the ocean. Recognizing that this is interconnected, it is crucial to understand how shipping operations currently impact the environment around them, and to research and develop solutions for decarbonization that also consider these other ocean impacts and have potential co-benefits in addressing ocean health and biodiversity loss.

Moderated by Susan Ruffo, UN Foundation Senior Advisor for Ocean and Climate, this event will explore shipping’s short and long-term impact on ocean health, productivity and biodiversity, identify links between actions to decarbonize and to protect ocean health and anchor these in the shipping community through best practice.