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WEBINAR: The Upstream & Operational Emissions of Alternative Fuels for Shipping


A webinar organized by the IMarEST’s Emissions from Shipping SIG, the Environmental Defense Fund, and UMAS.

In the beginning, Gavin Allwright ” Secretary at International Windship Association  said via Linkedin :   

Should be a very interesting webinar focusing on the full LCA of alternative fuels. We need a strategic vision of the transition and transformation to low, carbon-neutral, and ultimately zero-emissions fuel. I hope the panel will not shy away from the difficult questions: Will we incorporate all upstream emissions in the cost and climate impact of alternative fuel?

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Are we going to continue to use an outdated 100-year global warming impact matrix or an increasingly relevant 20-year one as we are rapidly approaching environmental tipping points? What level of subsidy/support will be required to develop and roll out the alternative fuels at scale?

Are we factoring in issues such as stranded assets costs, opportunity costs, and the impact on LDCs on the periphery? We have at best an 8 year ‘business as usual’ carbon budget available to us, if we are to limit global warming to close to 1.5c, so the pathways we choose now are critical to the delivery of that.

About this Event

The webinar will introduce the topic of the lifecycle analysis of alternative low and zero-carbon fuels for decarbonizing shipping, the current situation of the debate at the IMO, and the various opinions regarding the methodology and rules relevant to the definition and development of low and zero-carbon fuels for shipping.

The webinar begins with an overview of the current state of play at the IMO with regards to this crucial topic which will define the course of alternative fuels options that are available for shipping to reduce its GHG emissions in line with IMO’s initial GHG strategy.

This is followed by the presentation of the work done by EDF and UMAS on how the IMO can use the work done by ICAO on the Sustainable Aviation Fuels framework as a starting point to guide the development of its own rules on low and zero-emission fuels.

Following the presentation, a panel discussion with key experts and co-sponsors of key IMO papers will discuss the key areas of their proposals, followed by a Q&A session open to the public.

About the speakers:

Ing. Petra Doubkova, M.A., Maritime transport policy analyst, Waterborne Directorate, Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport of the European Commission.

Petra Doubkova is a policy analyst in the Maritime safety Unit of Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport of the European Commission. She deals with policy development and negotiations in the area of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from ships at both EU and international levels (International Maritime Organization).

In particular, she focuses on improvements in ship’s energy efficiency and the uptake of alternative fuels. She joined the European Commission in 2005 and holds two master’s degrees in international and economic sciences.

Yıldız Saraç Williams

Yıldız Williams, Lead Marine Consultant, Lloyd’s Register.

Yıldız is a chartered naval architect with extensive experience in marine advisory including the development of products and services on marine environmental advisory within Lloyd’s Register. In her current role, she delivers projects as a marine environmental subject matter expert that cover a wide range of environmental aspects including energy efficiency, environmental reporting, and verification, decarbonization, ballast water management, biofouling, emissions from ships, waste management, environmentally acceptable lubricants, and ship recycling.

Apart from marine environmental matters, she has also extensive experience in ship mathematical maneuvering modeling, ship maneuvering studies, concept design of fast ferries, navigational risk assessment, port feasibility studies, mooring analysis, and motion analysis.

Aoife O'Leary

Aoife O’Leary: Director of Shipping, International Climate.

Aoife is a lawyer with substantial environmental and economic experience. After qualifying as a lawyer in Ireland, she moved into the environmental sector. She worked with and advised various NGOs on the environmental impacts of international shipping and aviation, EU environmental governance, and UK community energy. After working in the legal and environmental sectors for a number of years she decided to gain economic expertise to bring an additional element to her work and has since ensured economic incentives form part of the policy solutions she advocates.

She is a board member of Rethinking Economics (a charity campaigning to reform the economics curriculum in the UK) and Economy (a charity working to make economics more understandable).

Camille Bourgeon: Technical Officer in the air pollution and energy efficiency team of the Marine Environment Division of the IMO.

Camille is currently supporting the IMO work on matters related to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping. Before joining the International Maritime Organization, he worked for the French Maritime Affairs Directorate. He graduated from Sciences-Po Lille and from the Ecole d’Administration des Affaires Maritimes in France.

Tore Longva: Principal Consultant, Maritime Regulatory Affairs, DNV GL Maritime.

Mr. Longva has an MSc in Industrial Economics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (2004) with a specialization in organization development and business administration. In 2012 he graduated from the DNV GL technology and innovation program at the University of California, Berkeley.

He has worked in DNV GL since 2006 on various research and business development projects, and currently, he is holding a position in the International Regulatory Affairs department. His focus area has been on innovation in maritime transport value chains; and improving the environmental performance of shipping.

Tore Longva has been a key part of several forecast studies on emission reduction and cost-benefit assessments of technologies. He has been following closely the development of regulating GHG in shipping as an advisor in the Norwegian delegation to the Marine Environmental Protection Committee in the IMO.

Dr. Tristan Smith, Associate Professor in Energy and Transport at UCL and Principal Investigator of the Decarbonising UK Freight Network Plus project.

Dr. Tristan Smith has, since 2010, grown a substantial group focused on modeling and analysis of shipping’s efficiency and emissions. He was PI of the RCUK funded Shipping in Changing Climates project, led the 3rd IMO GHG Study, is an author in the 4th IMO GHG Study, is the lead author of ISO 19030, co-chair of World Bank’s CPLC Maritime Thread, and has been involved in numerous projects across the academic, industry and policy domains.

The group maintains a number of models including GloTraM, which is used by several multinationals to explore shipping’s future scenarios and technology evolution. Along with Dr. Simon Davies, he is co-founder of University Maritime Advisory Services (UMAS).


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