Pre-study on sustainability indices for shipping

Demands on reporting and communication of the sustainability performance within a company as well as externally and how the demands on continuous improvement are fulfilled, has led to a development and also standardisation of sustainability indicators and indices. In shipping, like in all sectors, numerous indices or reporting systems have been developed and are used for various purposes. The present report is a pre-study with a review on existing indices in the shipping sector, and an outlook to other areas, followed by a discussion on possible development paths of more comprehensive sustainability indices.

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Sammanfattning

Demands on reporting and communication of the sustainability performance within a company as well as externally and how the demands on continuous improvement are fulfilled, have led to a development and also standardisation of sustainability indicators and indices. Within GRI, the United Nations Global Reporting Initiative, there are a number of guidelines for sustainability reporting at company level (UNEP). The reporting has been developed to provide an extension to the environmental reporting included in many environmental management systems. This reflects the general trend of reporting and management systems with development from taking only natural environment into account to also take aspects like health and safety into account. In the end, the reporting is developed into sustainability reports.

In shipping, like in all sectors, numerous indices or reporting systems have been developed and are used for various purposes. The aim has often been for communication with cargo owners and passengers, but also to be used as a basis for economic incentives intended to decrease emissions in ports and fairways. With increased demands on aspects included, it is obvious that a future sustainability index for shipping needs to include social and economic aspects in addition to natural environment and resource use.

The present report is a pre-study with a review on existing indices in the shipping sector, and an outlook to other areas, followed by a discussion on possible development paths of more comprehensive sustainability indices.

Medarbetare: Erik Fridell, Sara Sköld

Typ: Rapport

År: 2017.0

Rapportnummer: C258

Författare: Erik Fridell, Sara Sköld, Karin Andersson, Monica Lundh, Henrik Pahlm, Erik Ytreberg