The Aspen Institute Welcomes the First Member to the Zero Emission Maritime Buyers Alliance (ZEMBA)

March 29, 2023

Inter IKEA Group has joined ZEMBA and its co-founders as they welcome additional members and prepare for a groundbreaking Request for Proposal for zero emission shipping later this year.

Contact: Clarke Williams

[WASHINGTON, D.C., USA] – The Aspen Institute is pleased to announce the addition of Inter IKEA Group as the first member of the Zero Emission Maritime Buyers Alliance (ZEMBA), alongside co-founders Amazon, Patagonia, and Tchibo. As a non-profit organization and initiative of Cargo Owners for Zero Emissions Vessels (coZEV), ZEMBA will enable companies to access zero-emission shipping solutions and help minimize maritime emissions around the globe. Inter IKEA Group was an initial signatory of the coZEV 2040 Ambition Statement in October 2021, and is now joining a transition from ambition to action.

Through ZEMBA, we look forward to collaborating with other climate-leading cargo owners to provide demand for zero emission solutions. We want to build confidence among investors, fuel producers, and shipping lines that achieving full maritime decarbonization in our supply chain is possible by 2040. We can achieve this only by working together with like-minded stakeholders,” said Elisabeth Fauvelle Munck af Rosenschöld, Sustainability Manager Supply Chain Operations at IKEA Supply AG

“We are thrilled to see momentum building around ZEMBA in such a short time after our co-founder announcement earlier this month and warmly welcome Inter IKEA Group as an important member in our mission to accelerate maritime decarbonization,” said Ingrid Irigoyen, President and CEO of ZEMBA and Director of the Aspen Shipping Decarbonization Initiative at the Aspen Institute. “We are continuously inspired by the leadership of forward-thinking companies like Inter IKEA Group that are ready to work together to tackle the maritime industry’s climate impact. We invite additional freight buyers to join us in advancing a market for new, clean, and affordable fuels and technologies for maritime transport.”


About the Aspen Institute

The Aspen Institute is a global nonprofit organization committed to realizing a free, just, and equitable society. Founded in 1949, the Institute drives change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the most important challenges facing the United States and the world. The Institute has campuses in Aspen, Colorado, and Washington, D.C. It also maintains offices in New York City and has an international network of partners.


The Zero Emission Maritime Buyers Alliance (ZEMBA), a non-profit organization [(501(c)(3) application pending)] is a first-of-its-kind buyers group within the maritime sector, the aim of which is to accelerate commercial deployment of zero-emission shipping, enable economies of scale, and help cargo owners maximize emissions reduction potential beyond what any one freight buyer could accomplish alone. ZEMBA is an initiative of Cargo Owners for Zero Emission Vessels and facilitated by the Aspen Institute’s Energy and Environment Program. More information is available at

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