Dr Lynn Loo, chief executive of the Singapore-based Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation (GCMD), has a daunting task. The centre she leads has been tasked with helping accelerate shipping’s decarbonisation effort.

It is a task the Malaysian-born chemical engineer and professor of chemical and biological engineering at the prestigious Princeton University — and her team of engineers and scientists — take in their stride.

Loo admits she had never thought about shipping before she was invited to join an international panel looking at maritime decarbonisation while in Singapore on sabbatical from running Princeton’s Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment.