A new alliance backed by Amazon, Tchibo and Patagonia is set to launch a bidding system to facilitate access to zero or near-zero shipping services by cargo carriers.
The Zero Emission Maritime Buyers Alliance (ZEMBA) plans to issue a Request for Proposal (RfP) this year to procure shipping services that achieve zero or near-zero emissions in a life cycle. Cargo buyers who join the alliance will be able to access the transport services purchased from 2025 or 2026.
The initiative is linked to the Cargo Owners for Zero Emission Vessels (coZEV) alliance created in 2022, which is also supported by the three shippers, as well as, among others, Ikea, Unilever and Michelin. In all, 19 major shipping groups have committed to transporting all of their cargo on zero-emission ships by 2040 under coZEV.