Commenting on the events of UN Climate Change Conference COP23, Dr Uwe Lauber, CEO of MAN Diesel & Turbo, noted that the meeting offers a new opportunity to accelerate the ‘Maritime Energy Transition’, although the hopes and demands of the shipping industry for a strengthened mandate of the IMO were not fulfilled in Paris.
“Ultimately, uniform environmental standards must be established at international level – a strong IMO as an international regulator is therefore essential,” Mr. Lauber suggested.
Under the aegis of the main conference, being held in Bonn on 6-17 November, the ‘Ambition 1.5°C: Global Shipping’s Action Plan’ summit took place on 13 November. Initiated by Gavin Allwright, Secretary of the International Windship Association (IWSA), and co-organised and sponsored by MAN Diesel & Turbo, the summit’s aim was to debate a shipping-industry-led agenda, to exploit the opportunities presented by decarbonisation and create an action plan for the shipping industry.
Dr Gunnar Stiesch – Senior Vice President, MAN Diesel & Turbo and Head of Engineering Engines, held a presentation at Ambition 1.5°C that hosted a workshop on such topics as the future technology, new business models and regulatory frameworks that will enable the shipping industry to reach global climate goals. He said:
“MAN Diesel & Turbo wants to expand the debate on how to reach COP 21’s targets. We want to engage with all stakeholders – whether the general public, NGOs, shipowners or classification societies – to see what solutions are already in place or required. Consequently, I am heartened by what I have heard today in Bonn where we have made significant progress, and am confident that our efforts here will ultimately bear fruit.”