Shipping representatives emerged from the COP27 climate talks in Egypt optimistic that the industry’s decarbonisation can be brought into line with stronger global efforts at upcoming International Maritime Organization meetings.

Those who have grasped the need for shipping to act in step with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s effort to keep global warming to 1.5C seemed to be seeking to put pressure on the slow and politically hamstrung IMO to act more decisively.

One long-standing shipping decarbonisation expert, Tristan Smith of University College London (UCL), argued in a post-COP27 webinar that more ambitious IMO targets, aligned to 1.5C,