Shipping emissions worldwide

Statistics report on global maritime emissions

Shipping emissions worldwide

The shipping industry is hugely important to the global economy, transporting roughly 90 percent of traded goods around the world in vessels like bulk carriers, oil tankers, and container ships. However, shipping is also a big contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions and climate change.

This Statistics report presents a range of figures covering global shipping emissions. With a focus on greenhouse gases (GHG), it also includes statistics on shipping-related air pollutants, emissions of major shipping companies, as well as an outlook for the coming decades.

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  • Premium Statistic Number of merchant ships by type 2022
  • Basic Statistic Breakdown of CO₂ emissions in the transportation sector worldwide 2022, by sub sector
  • Premium Statistic Share of global greenhouse gas emissions 2021, by subsector
  • Premium Statistic Breakdown of GHG emissions in the shipping sector worldwide 2018, by emission type
  • Premium Statistic Global international shipping GHG emission reduction targets 2030-2050

GHG emissions

  • Premium Statistic Global international shipping CO₂ emissions 1970-2022
  • Premium Statistic Global merchant fleet CO₂ emissions 2012-2022, by month
  • Premium Statistic Estimated share of maritime CO₂ emissions 2021, by flag country
  • Premium Statistic Global shipping emission shares based on ship traffic 2019, by country
  • Premium Statistic CO₂ emissions in international shipping 2020, by ship type

Air pollutants

  • Premium Statistic International shipping sulfur dioxide emissions 1970-2022
  • Premium Statistic European ports exposed to SOx air pollution from cruise ships in 2022
  • Premium Statistic Black carbon emissions per ship per year worldwide 2017, by vessel type


  • Premium Statistic COSCO SHIPPING Lines GHG emissions 2018-2022
  • Premium Statistic Moeller-Maersk's GHG emissions 2017-2022, by scope
  • Premium Statistic MSC Cargo Division Scope 1 GHG emissions 2018-2022
  • Premium Statistic CMA CGM Group's maritime GHG emissions 2017-2022
  • Premium Statistic Hapag-Lloyd's GHG emissions 2017-2022
  • Premium Statistic Carnival Corporation plc GHG emissions 2019-2022


  • Basic Statistic Transportation emissions outlook worldwide 2000-2070, by mode
  • Premium Statistic Global international shipping GHG emission pathways 2020-2050, by scenario
  • Premium Statistic Breakdown of shipping companies pledging to decarbonization 2022, by segment
  • Premium Statistic Global needed emissions reductions through ocean-based actions 2050, by type
  • Premium Statistic Fuel demand expectations in the shipping industry 2022, by fuel type

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