As the International Maritime Organization finalised talks on committing to net zero by 2050, one regulator came in for particular praise from delegates.

The groundwork for the agreement at the regulator’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) in July this year was actually laid at a working group meeting the week before.

Sveinung Oftedal chaired the intersessional working group meeting on reducing greenhouse gas emissions that overcame deep political divisions as diplomats burned the midnight oil to come up with a draft agreement.