Countdown commences to flagship maritime event at COP28


In just under three weeks over 200 maritime and energy sector leaders will convene with governments and other key stakeholders across the supply value chain at COP28 for the Shaping the Future of Shipping: Delivering a Net Zero World Summit in Dubai.

The Summit is the largest gathering of this kind to be held at a COP. It will provide a platform for cross-sectoral stakeholders across the whole value chain to discuss ambitious, practical and actionable solutions to advance infrastructure, fuel availability, financing, and set out how to prepare the maritime workforce to accelerate the transition to a low and zero carbon emissions economy. The Summit will build on discussions at COP28 to set a course for the industry and will provide recommendations to both the COP28 Presidency and the IMO.

The flagship maritime event will be held on the 10 December at the Museum of the Future and will be hosted under the patronage of the United Arab Emirates Ministry for Energy and Infrastructure. The event is organised by a coalition of leading maritime industry bodies and coordinated by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), in partnership with the Emirates Shipping Association.

Professor Lynn Loo, CEO, Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation commented: “IRENA (The International Renewable Energy Agency) projects that at least 50% of all traded low carbon fuels will be transported by shipping by 2050. This points to the critical link between the energy and transport sectors as we navigate the energy transition. The Shaping the Future of Shipping Summit at COP28 will bring together leaders and stakeholders of both the energy and transport sectors to work cooperatively and collaboratively towards meeting IMO’s decarbonisation goals of 2050 and indicative checkpoints of 2030 and 2040.”