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Lloyd’s Register, a Global Maritime Forum (GMF) strategic partner, has moved to distance itself from some industry stakeholder comments at the recent virtual GMF event which were in some measure supportive of regional regulation on decarbonisation.

Some shipping executives at the GMF meeting were supportive of a global carbon levy – but also saw merit in national and regional schemes which could encourage a global approach to decarbonisation.

For example, Christian Ingerslev, Chief Executive Officer, Maersk Tankers, expressed the view that: ‘As a parallel to pushing for a global levy through the IMO, we should lean in by showing active support and push for national and regional regulations.’

While Lasse Kristoffersen, President and Chief Executive Officer, Torvald Klaveness, commented: It’s not a question of whether the EU is making the ETS for shipping, it’s a question of how. We need to embrace that, engage in it, and maybe we could structure that mechanism so that it becomes a global one.’

In a statement issued today, Lloyd’s Register says it is aware that there were calls for greater regional regulation of the global shipping industry at the GMF event but makes it clear that it is not supportive of this viewpoint.

Lloyd’s Register Group CEO Alastair Marsh commented: ‘We believe that global regulation to reduce the maritime industry’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, set by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) as the shipping regulator, is in the best interests of all shipping stakeholders.

'Lloyd’s Register is committed to working with all industry players to halve GHG emissions from 2008 levels by 2050. To do this, zero-carbon vessels must enter to world fleet by 2030, along with the necessary fuels and land-side infrastructure, and we are actively supporting our clients to achieve these ambitions.’

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