The 2030 Breakthrough

Zero emission fuels make up 5% of international shipping’s energy demand. 450,000 seafarers need to be retrained and upskilled. At least 30% of global trade needs to move through climate-adapting ports

Why fuels? Tracking progress

Acknowledging the organizations working towards this future




How industry and infrastructure can help

  1. At least 10 deep-sea ships with zero-emission propulsion in operation by 2025
  2. At least 200 ships primarily use zero emission fuels across main deep sea shipping routes by 2030
  3. 10 large trade ports covering at least three continents supply zero emission fuels
  4. Over 1m metric tonnes of green hydrogen at a production cost of $2/kg by 2025
  5. 50 production facilities by 2025 for small scale green zero emission fuel by 2025.
  6. 30% of hydrogen production capacity for marine fuels online by 2025 is in developing countries
  7. 6 deep-sea green corridors operational by 2030 - at least 5 incorporate commitments on just transition

How the market can influence change

  1. By 2025 20 freight purchasers commit to using zero-emission ocean freight by 2040

The role of public and private financing

  1. $3-6bn of industry & finance support mobilized for large scale demonstration projects by 2025
  2. $2-4bn of government support mobilized for large scale demonstration projects by 2025

How governments can accelerate the transition

  1. IMO agrees final GHG strategy by 2023, setting long-term goal of zero by 2050 with interim targets
  2. IMO agrees mid-term measures package by 2025
  3. 40 national governments publish 1.5C aligned plans for domestic shipping by 2025
Civil Society

Mobilizing the "third sector"

  1. By 2025, national skills councils (and strategies) are established in major and emerging seafarer supply countries
  2. Targets to be defined following delivery of a Green Skills Roadmap for Seafarers at COP27 by the Just Transition Maritime Taskforce

    – By COP28, deliver 3-5 commitments from shipping companies/cargo owners to use 5% green hydrogen-derived fuels/transport commodities on ships that use 5% hydrogen-derived fuels by 2030

    – Maritime NSAs build support for science-based, 1.5 aligned ambition & targets in revised IMO GHG Strategy & engage publicly or privately with policy makers to advocate for stronger policy

    – Green corridor consortiums undertake just transition review and integrate just transition into planning

    – NSAs establish a Pacific Islands Green Corridor Consortium and announce a plan

    – NSAs establish an African Green Corridor Consortium and announce a plan

    – The maritime sector is on track for Breakthrough outcome & progress tracked through the State of Climate Action in Shipping report highlighting critical gaps and actions needed for system transformation aligned to 1.5.

    – Create & launch the Maritime Resilience Toolkit at COP28

    – Partners join the the Resilience4Ports Lab and report on progress against a set of improved breakthroughs at COP28 ensuring inclusive of Global North & South, SIDs & LDCs

    – At least 10  Ports are engaged in Maritime Resilience pilot projects by COP28 (at least 3 from SIDs & LDCs) and uptake by 10 shipowners.



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Discover more about our actions and initiatives, and other ways shipping is racing to net zero

Avoiding greenwashing and defining emission reductions: How a science-based framework could catalyse maritime’s Race to Zero

UMAS Principal Consultant, Jean-Marc Bonello explains what impact a science-based framework will have on the sector’s Race to Zero.

“If Green Corridors succeed, in 2030 zero-emission shipping will be a commercially viable option anywhere”

Green Corridors are specific shipping routes where the feasibility of zero-emission shipping is catalyzed by a combination of public and private actions. Jesse Fahnestock, Head of Research and Analysis at the Global Maritime Forum, explains why Green Corridors are fundamental to Shipping’s Race to Zero.

Maritime sector and green hydrogen leaders agree on ambitious targets and collaboration to reach zero emissions global shipping by 2050

Ten organizations signed the Joint Statement on Green Hydrogen and Green Shipping, committing to rapid adoption of green hydrogen-based fuels this decade to get on track for full decarbonization of the shipping sector by 2050, and calling on policymakers to help achieve the ambitious targets.

The Maritime Resilience Breakthroughs: A consolidated action agenda to future proof the sector

Accelerating the pace and scale of the resilience transition for the maritime sector will require a consolidated action agenda. This is the objective of the Maritime Resilience Breakthroughs, launched at COP27