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The world is uniting to tackle climate change and accelerate action towards more sustainable ways of living. We are playing a key role in guiding the maritime industry through this green transition, to maximise the shipping industry decarbonisation impact on the environment, whilst continuing to meet the demands of global trade and energy markets.

This page has been updated in line with the July 2023 MEPC80 announcements.


Extensive regulation is increasing the pressure to decarbonise

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EEXI and CII are IMO directives requiring significant energy efficiency improvements in the existing fleet taking effect January 2023.

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Shipping to be included in the EU ETS carbon trading system.

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FuelEU Maritime


EU regulation to limit the yearly average GHG intensity of energy used on-board a ship sailing from and/or to EU Ports.

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Firm Reduction Targets


EU: 40% reduction in carbon emissions relative to 2018 levels.

The IMO: Reduction in total GHG emissions by at least 20%, striving for 30%, compared to 2008 levels.

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The IMO: Reduction in total GHG emissions by at least 70% striving for 80%, compared to 2008 levels.

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EU targets zero emissions from shipping by 2050 while the IMO aims to reach net-zero GHG emissions (taking into account different national circumstances).

Timeline for implementation

MEPC80 mid-term measures

At MEPC 80 (July 2023), the IMO implemented a comprehensive impact assessment to analyse the economic consequences of so-called "mid-term policy measures" which will be completed by Autumn 2024. We've created an overview timeline to show the roll-out of the measures, against the backdrop of a wider greener shipping evolution.

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Pressure to decarbonise

The shipping industry accounts for 2.3% of global CO2 emissions, and the necessity to cut is rising. Decarbonisation pressure is channelled through environmental policy measures, stakeholder requirements and expectations from the wider society. There is a mounting direct pressure on shipowners to decarbonise, accelerated by shifted market dynamics and stricter access to capital as cargo owners and financial institutions raise the environmental bar.

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What does this mean for the maritime industry?

Immediate but careful consideration needs to be given to ship design, engine technology and fuel selection, as operational flexibility, charter attractiveness and asset valuations can be heavily impacted.

Shipowners should act now to minimise carbon risk and be positioned to seize commercial opportunities. The industry will not change over night, but starting today will lay the foundations for a successful maritime decarbonisation transition.

Find out how we can help with your shipping decarbonisation strategy
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We empower people, inside and outside our company to make better decisions and to take positive action towards decarbonising shipping, leading towards a more sustainable planet.


Strategize and execute

The Green Transition team is focused on helping our clients through the challenges of decarbonising shipping. Having deep understanding of regulations and abatement options, we develop shipping decarbonisation strategies and identify commercial opportunities while minimising business impact. As a collective group, our service lines across ship broking, chartering, research, port services, offshore and renewable energies and investment banking enables us to provide a 360 maritime service.

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Climate Partners

Cleaner decisions through technology partnerships

We partner with several technology providers who provide tools and software to help ship owners, operators and charterers to better understand, monitor, reduce and offset their carbon footprint.

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Progressing towards 2030 carbon intensity reduction targets

Whilst shipping is the most emissions efficient mode of transport, there is an increasing impetus towards shipping decarbonisation.

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The necessity for change

The scale of the challenge to decarbonise shipping is unprecedented. And the shipping must meet this challenge while continue to facilitate essential global trade.

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Short-term measures

A growing impact

In 2023, both CII and EEXI will provide some of the clarity that ship owners have needed to help lower their emissions. CII will have a growing impact in terms of dictating vessel speeds to improve energy efficiency whilst other emission-reduction solutions are deployed.

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Newbuild trends have started to shift

At the heart of reducing shipping's 2.3% contribution to global emissions will be a fuelling transition. We're already seeing this materialise through the profile of newbuilding orders.

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News & insights

Driving the transition

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Broking Specialised Products

Clarksons and Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies spearhead green hydrogen maritime supply chain offering

Clarksons Specialised Products is pleased to announce that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies, a German pioneer in Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carrier (LOHC) technology, to collaborate on a roadmap to establish a maritime supply chain for the bulk transportation of green hydrogen in chemical tankers using Hydrogenious' LOHC technology.

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Research Offshore and Energy Energy Transition

Nor-Shipping Preview: Green Technology & Offshore Wind

In Nor-Shipping's 35th Year, Managing Director of Clarksons Research, Steve Gordon provides a contextual update across key data points that track shipping's green transition, covering green technology and the transition to offshore energy. Read more and download the full report.

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Clarksons hires industry heavy-weight to further strengthen green transition service offering

We are delighted to announce that industry veteran Johan Tutturen will be joining Clarksons Green Transition team as a Senior Technical Adviser.

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