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Sailing to the Edge of the Carbon World: Decarbonizing Shipping from American, Chinese, and European Perspectives

Date & Time

Jun. 26, 2024
1:00pm – 2:15pm ET


Online Only


Over 80% of the world’s trade travels by sea, and that makes global shipping a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions—the OECD estimates that 858 million tons of CO2 emissions globally from the shipping industry in 2022, about 3% of world total and more than from air transport.  In 2018, the International Maritime Organization, the body responsible for shipping, has set a goal of large decarbonizing shipping by 2030. 

The speakers at this meeting will map out some of the efforts in the US, EU, China, and beyond to decarbonize shipping. They also will highlight the complex ownership, management, and political issues around shipping that are complicating actions to reduce the greenhouse gas footprint of cargo ships.  


Steven Jackson

Steven Jackson

Former Professor of Political Science, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Christiaan De Beukelaer headshot

Christiaan De Beukelaer

Senior Lecturer, University of Melbourne
Xiaoli Mao headshot

Xiaoli Mao

Program Lead, Marine Team, The International Council on Clean Transportation

Hosted By

China Environment Forum

Since 1997, the China Environment Forum's mission has been to forge US-China cooperation on energy, environment, and sustainable development challenges. We play a unique nonpartisan role in creating multi-stakeholder dialogues around these issues.  Read more

Environmental Change and Security Program

The Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP) explores the connections between environmental change, health, and population dynamics and their links to conflict, human insecurity, and foreign policy.  Read more

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