Green Shipping Challenge

Catalyzing the transition to green shipping


Emissions from the shipping sector are significant, rising, and on a trajectory that is incompatible with the goals of the Paris Agreement. If shipping were a “country,” it would be the eighth largest emitter.

The Green Shipping Challenge encourages countries, ports, companies, and other actors in the shipping value chain to come forward with concrete announcements that will help put the shipping sector on a pathway this decade to align with the goal to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees C.

The Challenge promotes new announcements with respect to, inter alia:

Production / At Port

  • Production of zero-emission fuels; demonstration / development of zero-emission bunkering and recharging capabilities; development of renewable energy infrastructure

At Sea

  • Demonstration / deployment of low- or zero-emission vessels; launch / advancement of green shipping corridors

Policy Context

  • Participation in initiatives such as the Clydebank Declaration, Declaration on Zero-Emission Shipping by 2050, First Movers Coalition shipping component, or Zero Emission Shipping Mission; national actions or action plans to reduce emissions from domestic shipping / vessels

Participants in the Green Shipping Challenge will make at least one major announcement to spur the transition to green shipping.


Prime Minister Støre and Special Presidential Envoy for Climate Kerry chaired the launch of the Green Shipping Challenge on 7 November 2022 during the World Leaders Summit of COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. Announcements may be found at GreenShippingChallenge.org/cop27.

September 22, 2022. The High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy decides during Climate Week NYC to strongly support the Green Shipping Challenge.

June 18, 2022. President Biden convenes the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate, which highlights the Green Shipping Challenge among new joint initiatives.

May 6, 2022. Norway and the United States announce the Green Shipping Challenge in a joint statement from Prime Minister Støre and Special Presidential Envoy Kerry.


Please reach out by email to request additional information or to express your interest in joining the Green Shipping Challenge.

To submit a potential announcement under the Green Shipping Challenge, please see the announcement submission form.