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The Lloyd’s List Podcast: Is the industry moving fast enough?

A daily take on the stories shaping the industry — live from Nor-Shipping

There is a visible gap between what the industry is saying it is doing about decarbonisation and what it is actually doing. But that oversimplifies the pace of a complicated set of transitions under way and the significant strides already taken by the front-runners pushing a progressive agenda, argue those behind the industry’s leading hubs for decarbonisation. Today’s edition of the podcast live from Norway challenges the naysayers and offers a compelling case for positivity



THERE is something of a supply-demand imbalance in the industry right now. 

We have a glut of reports and programmes and feasibility studies and White Papers all pointing to the same conclusion — namely, that reducing the emissions curve this decade is possible, but it will require collective action across the maritime and energy industries. It will require regulatory clarity and likely the certainty of a carbon price.

But there is also a demand for detail in terms of how we are going to translate these papers into practice — how we match the rhetoric with reality. 

Regular listeners will have noted a pretty consistent theme from our dispatches recently that Lloyd’s List believes there is a disparity between what the industry is saying and what it is doing.

But it seems this somewhat sceptical take on the current status of progress towards decarbonisation has raised the hackles of those who believe we need more positivity, more optimism and less naysaying.

They have a point, but the industry is going to be judged on what it achieves, not what it says it was going to do if only the conditions were more conducive to investment. 

It was with some of this in mind that Lloyd’s List editor Richard Meade was moderating yet another panel out in Oslo, this time with the acronym soup of industry decarbonisation hubs who can collectively claim to represent the industry’s front runners, progressives and all-round good guys. 

Unfortunately, the lively debate that ensued wasn’t recorded. But such was the nature of the “robust” discussion that it carried on after they came off stage and that’s what you’re going to hear in today’s edition of the podcast. 

It was a busy room, so you have a little background noise, but what you can hear is the real flavour of the debate going on in Nor-Shipping right now.

Joining the discussion in today’s edition:

  • Charles Haskell, director, Lloyd’s Register Maritime Decarbonisation Hub

  • Johannah Christensen, co-founder and chief executive, Global Maritime Forum

  • Prof. Lynn Loo, chief executive, Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation 

  • Bo Cerup-Simonsen, chief executive, Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping 

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