Marine Sustainability

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Beyond Decarbonization


Welcome to the ABS
Marine Sustainability
Resource Center


Here you will find innovative approaches and thought leadership on topics for safe and sustainable operations in the maritime industry.

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The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has set ambitious targets for the shipping industry. In addition to the 2020 Global Sulphur Cap, shipowners and operators must consider the greenhouse gas (GHG) targets for 2030 and 2050.

Adapting to new regulations and requirements aimed at lowering the industry’s collective carbon footprint will require innovative solutions that include low and zero carbon fuels, new ship technologies and more efficient operations.

To help drive decarbonization strategies, ABS has published a series of outlooks and guidance documents to assist the industry in navigating the uncharted waters of the 2030/2050 emissions challenge..Want to discover more?  Scroll down for the latest insights, including industry articles, technical guidance and on demand webinars.


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Beyond Decarbonization

The key factor to sustainable success is strategic alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) framework - focused on achieving environmental, social and governance (ESG) excellence.

ABS has developed an unparalleled global network of sustainability expertise with centers of excellence located in key maritime cities around the world.

In an ever-changing regulatory environment. shipowners, builders, and operators must stay on top of the numerous regional, domestic, and international environmental requirements and understand the impact of these requirements on maritime transport. ABS continues to be the shipping industry’s leading resource for guidance on new environmental regulations and compliance solutions.

Latest Solutions

Latest Guidance

Low Carbon Shipping: View of the Value Chain

Setting the Course to Low Carbon Shipping

Pathways to Sustainable Shipping

Whitepaper: Hydrogen as Marine Fuel

Whitepaper: Methanol as Marine Fuel 

Sustainability Whitepaper: Biofuels as Marine Fuel

Sustainability Whitepaper: Ammonia as Marine Fuel

Sustainability Whitepaper: LNG as Marine Fuel

Three Steps to a Decarbonization Strategy

Insights into EEDI and MPP Verification Practices

Ballast Water Management Insights

Regulatory Debrief:
Energy Efficiency Existing Ship Index (EEXI)

Advisory on Decarbonization Applications for Power Generation and Propulsion Systems

Sustainability Trends: Tankers

Decarbonization of the Inland Waterway Sector in the United States

Practical Considerations for Hybrid Electric Power Systems Onboard Vessels


Articles and News