Maritime Just Transition Task Force

The global shipping industry moves 90% of all global trade, and currently accounts for 3% of global GHG emissions. To meet the 1.5°C Paris Agreement target, the industry needs to decarbonize by 2050at the latest. The transition must ensure the safety and health of the maritime workforce and the protection of livelihoods. Reskilling, upskilling and new green skills will need to be considered. Opportunities for decent work across the zero-emission vessel and zero carbon fuel supply chain need to be harnessed. Recognizing that the maritime industry’s workforce has for too long been unrepresentative of the society it exists to serve, promoting diversity and gender parity are further key elements a just transition should address. Delivering a just transition will also go beyond supporting the workforce. Factors such as how the transition is paid for, who and which countries and geographies benefit and how local and coastal communities and supply chains are considered are equally important. 

To ensure a people-centred transition to a zero carbon shipping industry, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), the United Nations Global Compact, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) came together to launch the Maritime Just Transition Task Force at COP26. It marks the first global sectoral task force dedicated to a just transition, enabled by the international nature of the maritime industry. The Task Force will lead and coordinate efforts to work with governments, industry, workers and their representatives to ensure a safe and human-centred approach to achieving green shipping, stressing the principles set out in the ILO Guidelines for a Just Transition. 

The Task Force is also a partner to the UN Global Compact Think Lab on Just Transition. The Task Force will provide sectoral learnings to the Think Lab. In turn, the Think Lab will support shaping the narrative of the Task Force

Focus areas 

Phase 1 - January - November 2022    ➤

Decent work and green skills on board ships:

  • Understanding upskilling / retraining needed to retain a high skill seafarer workforce in a way that leaves no seafarer behind
  • Study released at COP 27, with accompanying policy brief

Developing phase 2

  • Leading constructive discussions with stakeholders
  • Undertaking a comprehensive, value-chain driven stakeholder mapping

Phase 2 - November 2022-2023    ➤

Decent work and green skills on board ships:

  • Policy advocacy around the findings on global and national levels
  • Social dialogue and knowledge-sharing continued in GPLG and other regional workshops

The value chain associated with decarbonizing shipping: Zero carbon fuel production and handling, port infrastructure, zero emission vessel production and recycling Including, but not limited to:

  • Ship/shore interface and ensuring decent work at ports; reskilling port workers
  • Engaging and sharing social and environmental value with impacted port communities
  • Ensuring quality green jobs and skills across the zero carbon fuel value chain

About the Global Industry Peer Learning Group 

The work of the Task Force is supported by a committed group of corporate, social and knowledge partners who form the Global Industry Peer Learning Group. 

The Global Peer Learning Group will be housed at the UN Global Compact Ocean Stewardship Coalition. It will be a safe space for stakeholders to work, learn from each other and discuss pressing challenges together. The group is an opportunity for enterprises and knowledge partners to explore topics around just transition and ocean supply chains with peers. This engagement will be based on the common understanding and commitment that collaboration and sharing of good practices is key to unlocking some of the most pressing challenges related to just transition, including equitable skills development, social dialogue, good jobs and social implications for workers; coastal and ports community engagement, and addressing decent work deficits globally.  This common understanding is a condition to participate in the Group as well as to collectively improve.


Several project supporters and programme partners kindly offer financial support and further in-house contribution to the work of the Global Peer Learning Group. These partners are indicated below. 

The Task Force is also grateful to its knowledge partners, and to its primary funder, Lloyd’s Register Foundation. 

Primary funder

Programme partner