London International Shipping Week: the industry looks to zero emissions

London International Shipping Week: the industry looks to zero emissions

Oct. 12 2023 - 4 min

In September 2023, London International Shipping Week (LISW) celebrated its ten-year anniversary. To mark a decade of innovation, the event hosted 30,000 participants from the international shipping scene for a week of events, ranging from conferences to seminars and networking sessions. This year’s theme was “reframing risk in a complex market” with a focus on compliance, decarbonization, business and technological innovation, security and skills.

Bureau Veritas was delighted to once again take part in this key event on the international shipping calendar. We were a proud platinum sponsor of the ZESTA ShipZERO28 event which focused on decarbonizing the maritime world. Our experts participated in panel discussions and shared their insights about the role of classification and collaboration.

We met with Nick Brown, Director of Communications and Julien Boulland, Global Market Leader – Sustainable Shipping to hear about their experience and their main takeaways from the event.

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Global Brand and Communications Director

ShipZERO28 was, in my opinion, one of the most important events held during LISW. We got to build on the momentum we had gathered at the previous COP26 conference and explore all aspects of zero emissions (ZE) shipping. From energy supply, the ZE transition in ports, and ZE maritime transport for a sustainable future, boundaries have been pushed since our last meeting, but now we have to look at how to go further.

I had the pleasure of participating in the “Visionaries Roundtable” event, providing the classification perspective on derisking decarbonization, alongside experts in cargo, banking and H2 infrastructure and supply.

Something I can really appreciate about our discussions is the emphasis on the value of a collaborative approach to reaching net zero. At Bureau Veritas, we firmly believe that we have to cooperate and work with partners across and beyond the maritime world to make the necessary changes. Seeing our views and passion shared by industry stakeholders is extremely encouraging, despite the scale of the challenge ahead.
Julien Boulland Global Market Leader, Sustainable Shipping Bureau Veritas M&O

Global Market Leader – Sustainable Shipping

LISW is always an excellent opportunity to share insights among industry experts to drive the shift to decarbonization. That was certainly the case at the ShipZERO28 conference this year.

My experience was marked by the discussions held during two panels. First, I had the chance to act as moderator on a panel on ZE vessels in current commercial operation. I also spoke in the discussion on mastering technological integration on the path to absolute zero. The latter was a great opportunity to share insights into the role of class in derisking decarbonization efforts – particularly in the case of class notations linking wind to ship energy systems. But overall, I would say both of these were highly valuable discussions at a critical time for shipping.

With the IMO’s new net-zero targets established, and the current global trajectory set to fall short of the 1.5° ambition in 2027, we have to change our heading fast. In both panels I attended, we saw both a great drive to make the necessary changes, and encouraging signs of progress – though of course, there is always more to be done.

At Bureau Veritas, we relish opportunities like LISW to drive the conversation around the future of the maritime industry. Our customers’ challenges guide what we do, and decarbonization is top of mind. By deepening our collaboration with other industry stakeholders, and working by your side, we can help shape a better, decarbonized maritime world.