Greening the Waterborne transport chain in alignment to SDGs by UN


The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted in 2015 by the UN’s 193 Member States and touches upon 17 goals and 169 targets. It is also called ‘’A plan of action for people, planet and prosperity’’. 2030 Agenda requires a global partnership of governments, international institutions, businesses and civil society to mobilize global efforts to implement this plan for better life & world.

The Green Award Foundation (GA) welcomes the UN agreement for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In response to the Global Call for action by UN to reach the 2030 Agenda, the GA has recently performed an Inventory check analysis to identify the consistency of the GA requirements to the SDGs. The GA requirements, recognized by many inland- and sea-ports and the shipping sector around the world, encourage shipping companies and ships to follow the highest standards of safety and environment in shipping.

Based on the Inventory check analysis, we have identified consistency to eleven of the total SDGs set by UN as following: SDG 3, SDG 6, SDG 7, SDG 8, SDG 9, SDG 11, SDG 12, SDF 13, SDG 14, SDG 15 and SDG 17.

Following the 2030 Agenda, we have set several milestones for the years to come to further identify and align our research scope to the SDGs. We will continuously review the Inventory check analysis when deemed necessary and ultimately measure the impact of GA Requirements to the identified goals. GA finds it important to apply these internationally agreed goals to the maritime sector, for both the inland and sea shipping sectors.

GA, 1st winner of the Thor Heyerdahl International Maritime Environmental Award, has been stimulating safe and environmental shipping and connecting maritime actors for over 24 years. The holistic approach of Green Award Foundation in promoting sustainable shipping and its objective to green the waterborne transport chain are closely aligned to the ambitions of UN for improving people – planet– prosperity.

Upon and beyond 2030 we stay on board!