What is Clean Cargo?
A partnership supporting decarbonization of containerized ocean cargo transportation.
Clean Cargo is a collaborative partnership between ocean container carriers, freight forwarders, and cargo owners. Clean Cargo focuses on tracking and reducing greenhouse gas emissions from container shipping and sharing ocean container freight decarbonization best practices.
What does Clean Cargo do?
Through Clean Cargo, SFC provides methods and tools that generate high quality, decision useful containership greenhouse gas emissions performance information for Clean Cargo carriers, shippers, and forwarders. Clean Cargo also serves as a forum where ocean container carriers, forwarders, and shippers can come together to collaborate and share decarbonization best practices.
SFC staff oversee the regular creation and disclosure of carrier specific greenhouse gas emission performance information according to transparent, industry accepted Clean Cargo methods. There is no other program, initiative, or service – voluntary or regulatory – that generates containership emissions performance information at the level of aggregation, level of quality, and with the foundation in primary carrier data as that generated by Clean Cargo.
Clean Cargo participants
Clean Cargo carriers include the largest container operators in the world as well as smaller operators, bringing both a comprehensive scope and a varied perspective to Clean Cargo emissions performance reporting. Clean Cargo forwarders and shippers are also numerous and diverse, making Clean Cargo a unique buyer-supplier forum for container shipping decarbonization best practice sharing.
Organizations on their journey to freight decarbonization can become a member of Smart Freight Centre and join the SFC community. Members have access to a wide portfolio of initiatives and projects to help them collaborate to improve their GHG emission performance and supply chain economics. Membership unlocks solutions through several SFC programs, including Global Logistics Emissions Council (GLEC), Clean Cargo, Sustainable Freight Buyers Alliance (SFBA), and Clean Air Transport.
All SFC members can participate in Clean Cargo.
Because of the sensitive nature of some of the data managed under Clean Cargo, different participants in Clean Cargo have access to different aspects of the partnership.
Any SFC member can participate in Clean Cargo best practices sharing.
Ocean container carriers that participate in Clean Cargo submit operational and technical data to SFC that SFC uses to calculate carrier specific emission performance information. The carriers have access to their own emission performance information for benchmarking and for greenhouse gas emission inventory calculations and disclosures.
Ocean container shippers and forwarders that participate in Clean Cargo receive access to the reporting carriers’ emission performance information. This emission performance information can be used to support the forwarders and shippers’ greenhouse gas emission inventory calculations and their carrier procurement decision making.
Clean Cargo carriers include the largest container operators in the world as well as smaller operators. This diversity in carrier participation brings both a comprehensive scope and a varied perspective to Clean Cargo emissions performance reporting. Clean Cargo forwarders and shippers are also numerous and diverse, making Clean Cargo a unique buyer-supplier forum for container shipping decarbonization best practice sharing.
Data and methods
Clean Cargo carriers regularly submit third party verified vessel operational and technical information to SFC.
History of Clean Cargo
Clean Cargo was established in 2003 as an initiative between ocean shippers, forwarders, and carriers with an interest in a sustainable container shipping sector.
Interested in Participating in Clean Cargo?
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Becoming an SFC member unlocks solutions deriving from our SFC programs including GLEC, Clean Cargo, Sustainable Freight Buyers Alliance, and Clean Air Transport.