The Managing Director of Lagos Deep Offshore Logistic Base (LADOL), Dr. Amy Jadesimi has joined a group of 33 Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) from across the maritime value chain and from all around the world to sign a call for action and to lead the maritime industry in a transition towards a new decarbonized future in Hong Kong.
The initiative was put together by the Global Maritime Forum, an international not-for-profit foundation committed to shaping the future of global seaborne trade to increase sustainable long-term economic development and human wellbeing.
Dr. Jadesimi is the Vice-Chairman of the Forum’s inaugural Board of Directors.
To achieve a new decarbonized future, these leaders believe the maritime industry needs to accelerate both technological and business model innovation, further improve operational and technical energy efficiency, and transition to zero-carbon fuels and new propulsion systems.
The call for action for decarbonization signed by 33 CEOs and LADOL reads: “As business leaders from across the shipping value chain, we endorse the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Vision to phase out greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as soon as possible. We encourage public and private collaboration to demonstrate leadership through timely and appropriate action. We urge our business peers to join us, as we stand committed to support this challenge and to thrive within a changing context.
“The IMO Strategy – to reduce the total annual GHG emissions from international shipping by at least 50% by 2050 compared to 2008 – is a step towards achieving GHG emissions reductions consistent with the Paris Agreement temperature goals. To achieve this, the shipping industry needs to further improve operational and technical energy efficiency and must transition to zero carbon fuels and new propulsion systems. It must do this whilst ensuring safety standards are maintained and possibly enhanced”.
Dr. Jadesimi has personally stated her commitment to sustainability on many fronts, after signing the Call for Action, the Managing Director stated, “The Forum is an important platform through which the maritime sector can lead on achieving the UN’s Sustainable development goals. Calls to Action such as the one on decarbonization signed today are important because they help drive investment towards companies actively working on creating a zero-carbon future by 2050. In addition, it highlights organisations that are part of the new global economy, using innovative technology and operational systems to create higher shareholder returns and drive global peace and prosperity.”
By promoting ambitious climate action, the 34 CEOs invite other CEOs from the maritime industry to join in seizing the opportunity to innovate and lead the transition to a new shipping industry for the 21st century.
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