Zero-Emission Shipping Demo

Our goal is to demonstrate commercially-viable zero-emission ships by 2030, making vessels that operate on zero-emission fuels the natural choice for ship owners when they renew their fleet.

International shipping transports the majority of the world’s goods and is responsible for 3% of global emissions, potentially increasing by half by 2050 on its current trajectory. To set international shipping on an ambitious zero-emission trajectory, we need commercially viable, zero-emission ocean-going vessels in the global fleet by 2030.

In Denmark, we believe a greener future is possible – if we work together. As one of the world’s largest maritime nations, Denmark has initiated the Zero-Emission Shipping Mission, with great partners from the public and the private sector from all over the world. Our common goal is to make zero-emission vessels the natural choice for ship owners when they renew their fleet.

Simon Kollerup, Danish Minister for Industry, Business, and Financial Affairs

Through fearless technological innovation, ambitious clean energy deployment, and constructive international collaboration, we can build a net-zero carbon economy that creates millions of jobs and lifts our citizens into greater prosperity.

Jennifer Granholm, U.S. Secretary of Energy

The decarbonization of shipping will result in a growing global demand for climate technology in the years ahead. Norway’s and other countries leading position in green shipping can become an important competitive advantage, giving the maritime industry huge growth potential in international markets.

Sveinung Rotevatn, Norwegian Minister for Climate and Environment

Shipping is on the verge of a clean energy revolution. To set the global maritime industry on a climate-aligned course and meet the goals of the Paris Agreement, zero-emission vessels need to be the dominant and competitive choice by the end of this decade. The Zero-Emission Shipping Mission will accelerate public and private efforts around the world to make a zero emission fleet a reality by 2030.”

Johannah Christensen, Managing Director of the Global Maritime Forum

The shipping industry needs to decarbonize to be part of the solution to the climate crisis. It will not be easy, and we don’t have a lot of time, but it is possible and now is the time to act. The Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping is all about accelerating the transition by finding solutions through collaboration with partners across the ecosystem. With our partners we are proud and excited to co-lead this very important Zero Emission Shipping Mission.”

Bo Cerup-Simonsen, Chief Executive Officer of the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping

The Plan

Coordinated innovation needs to take place across the entire maritime value chain, from the ships to the future zero-emission fuels they will rely on, and the infrastructure that will supply them. This will drive the sector to a tipping point in its transition to well-to-wake zero-emission fuels as soon as possible. The Mission will focus on the following three areas to achieve the goal:


Ships Pillar


Introduce fit-for-purpose and viable vessels that operate on zero-emission fuels to the global fleet so that by 2030, at least 200 ships primarily use zero-emission fuels across main deep sea shipping routes.




Fuels Pillar


Scale up efficient production of zero-emission fuels so that by 2030, ships capable of running on hydrogen-based zero emission fuels and advanced biofuels make up at least 5% of the global deep-sea fleet measured by fuel consumption.



Fuelling Infrastructure Pillar

Fuelling Infrastructure

Establish global port infrastructure to support vessels operating on zero-emission fuels so that by 2030, 10 large trade ports covering at least three continents supply zero-emission fuels.





  • Denmark (Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs, Ministry of Climate, Energy and Utilities and Ministry of Foreign Affairs) – Mission Statement
  • The United States (U.S. Department of Energy) – Mission Statement
  • Norway (Ministry of Climate and Environment) – Mission Statement
  • Global Maritime Forum (representing the Getting to Zero Coalition) – Mission Statement
  • Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping – Mission Statement


Mission Members:

  • Australia (Ministry for Climate Change and Energy)
  • Canada (Transport Canada)
  • European Commission (Directorate-General for Research and Innovation)
  • France (Ministry of the Sea)
  • Germany (Federal Ministry for Economics and Climate Action)
  • Ghana (Ghana Maritime Authority)
  • India (Ministry of Science and Technology)
  • Morocco (Ministry of Energy Transition & Sustainable Development)
  • Singapore (Maritime and Ports Authority)
  • South Korea (Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy)
  • United Kingdom (Department for Transport)

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