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The Global Maritime Forum brings together decision-makers from across the maritime spectrum to work on initiatives that have real impact.

The Taskforce on Decarbonizing Shipping brings together leaders and experts from across the maritime industry to develop and mobilise the industry along tangible pathways aligned with ambitious, science-based emission reduction targets.

Taskforce on decarbonizing shipping

It will focus on five areas key to effectively addressing the maritime industry’s climate challenge: industry leadership, technology, transparency, finance, and carbon pricing. These areas were identified as central to decarbonizing shipping at an exploratory industry workshop held in London in June 2017.

The taskforce will develop a vision for collaborative innovation on low carbon technologies; toolkits and guidance to increase transparency about operational efficiency; a best practice guide for incorporating climate risk assessment in ship finance; and recommendations on the role of carbon pricing in tackling emissions. The taskforce is a collaboration between the Global Maritime ForumCarbon War Room, the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition (CPLC), and University College London (UCL).

The five working groups of the taskforce are:

Industry Leadership
This working group will connect and mobilize CEOs and other high-level decision-makers and thought leaders to determine an ambitious and achievable vision for decarbonizing shipping. This has initially resulted in a Call to action in support of decarbonization.

Technology
This working group will accelerate the uptake of clean technology solutions by addressing the challenges facing owners and innovators alike. It will develop a toolbox to help technologies overcome the high-cost, low-income valley of death so that they can achieve viable commercial uptake. The group will focus on proven breakthrough technologies currently entering the market and outline a vision and roadmap for how the industry can work together on the development of low carbon technologies.

Transparency
This working group will determine how information transparency can be improved to reduce information asymmetry and allow for effective decision-making on efficient and profitable operations.

Finance
This working group will develop principles for integration of climate risk into lending decisions as well as foster development of best practices and tools to support their uptake. This will be achieved through one-on-one work with leading capital providers and a series of industry workshops.

Carbon Pricing
This working group will explore the role of carbon pricing in tackling shipping’s greenhouse gas emissions. Key policy options will be summarised for business leaders as a basis for the discussion of industry recommendations.

All outcomes will be presented at the Global Maritime Forum’s inaugural summit in October 2018.