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The hub, a joint initiative between Lloyd’s Register Group and Foundation, is described as ‘a dedicated centre of excellence’ intended to ‘accelerate the safe, sustainable and cost-effective decarbonisation of world shipping in support of delivering greenhouse gas reduction targets’.

Led by LR’s Decarbonisation Programme Manager, Charles Haskell, the new initiative will bring together thought leaders and subject matter experts to help the maritime industry design, develop and commercialise the pathways to future fuels required for decarbonisation.

In a statement issued today, LR also said that a steering group of external stakeholders has been put in place to ensure the hub focuses on the challenges that matter to industry. The hub is also ‘open to undertaking and actively seeking partnerships with stakeholders across the industry, focused on creating a more sustainable future for shipping and contributing to society’s global challenge of slowing climate change’.

‘The LR Maritime Decarbonisation Hub will provide key stakeholders in the value chain with guidance at every step of their journey as they reduce the carbon intensity of their operations,’ said Haskell.

‘At the same time, it will offer policy makers evidence-based advice on the most efficient means of enabling and supporting this transition.’

LR Marine and Offshore Director Nick Brown also commented: ‘Lloyd’s Register is committed to collaboratively working with all industry stakeholders to decarbonise shipping. For this to happen, zero-carbon vessels must enter the world fleet by 2030, along with the necessary fuels and landside infrastructure to support this.

‘By centralising our expertise with the creation of the LR Maritime Decarbonisation Hub, we can actively collaborate with players across the industry to achieve these ambitions.’

LR Foundation Chief Executive Richard Clegg noted: ‘By creating the LR Maritime Decarbonisation Hub we can help address the growing climate emergency and create a more sustainable future for us all. Lloyd’s Register Foundation is an independent global charity that aims to make the world a safer place, and we see the Maritime Decarbonisation Hub as a key initiative to deliver our social purpose.’

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