The Clean Shipping Coalition (CSC) is the only global international environmental organisation that focuses exclusively on shipping issues.
It promotes policies aimed at the protection and restoration of the marine and atmospheric environment that are consistent with the safe operation of ships, sustainable development, social and economic justice, and human health.
The CSC is a non-profit making non-governmental organisation that works to improve the environmental performance of international shipping by bringing extensive experience and expertise to bear on relevant international regulatory processes, and in particular the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).
Since June 2010, the CSC has been granted observer status at IMO.
The member organisations and individuals involved are experienced in sustainable transportation, international trade, shipping, and marine environment issues as well as the operation of international regulatory bodies like the IMO. Current Board Members have all been actively involved in IMO work in recent years and collectively have over 50 years experience of working on shipping and environment issues at IMO.
CSC member organisations have also been involved in a wide range of other international and regional forums that address maritime, transportation and environmental policy. We are perhaps the largest cohesive body of environmental NGO shipping experts available to the IMO. The CSC represents a global public constituency concerned about shipping, the environment, transport and trade, and is an invaluable conduit for informing the public about international shipping issues and the vital work of the IMO and of providing the IMO with a wide geographical scope of views and expertise on issues which affect international shipping.
Over the years, CSC member organisations and individuals have played key roles in a diverse set of IMO issues including: the development of the guidelines for establishing PSSAs, drafting the original MARPOL Annex V as well as the AFS and Ballast Water Conventions, and more recently the process leading to the revision of MARPOL Annex VI and the tightening of controls on SOx and NOx emissions. CSC member organisations have been closely and actively engaged in policy negotiations to address GHG emissions from shipping – in many cases since prior to Kyoto – and are concerned to remain closely involved in ongoing IMO and UNFCCC deliberations.
IMO consultative status enables us to continue our work in earnest, but it will also further the work of the IMO by endowing the body with civil society experts in maritime, transportation and environmental issues from a very broad range of countries. As experts, we have a deep understanding of the complexities of the IMO and of international policy processes, of the environmental imperatives, as well as of local issues and how they bear on international matters. We believe that with IMO consultative status, the CSC presents a new opportunity to constructively engage additional civil society groups in the formulation of international shipping policies, to raise the profile of shipping and environment issues, and to champion the fundamental work and role of the IMO.
The CSC has been designed specifically to act as a focus and coordinating point for the growing interest of environmental groups in shipping issues and the important work of IMO. To this end it will actively seek out and engage organisations that do not individually qualify for IMO consultative status and/or are from parts of the world currently under-represented by environment groups at IMO.