UAE Ministry of Infrastructure & Energy and DNV to Establish Maritime Decarbonisation Centre

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, H.E Suhail Al Mazrouei, and the CEO of DNV Maritime,  Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on establishing a new UAE Decarbonisation Centre.
UAE Ministry of Infrastructure & Energy and DNV to Establish Maritime Decarbonisation Centre
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The Marine Environment Protection Committee’s (MEPC) 80th session this month showed that shipping is now on an accelerating path towards full decarbonisation. However, the challenge of realising this goal is complex and can only be achieved through a cooperative cross-industry effort.

The new UAE Maritime Decarbonisation Centre, the new joint initiative from the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure of the United Arab Emirates and Foundation Det Norske Veritas (DNV), is designed to put this collaborative focus at the centre of sustainable decarbonisation. It will work to connect stakeholders from across the maritime industry and beyond, to become a driving force for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions globally.

“The establishment of the UAE Maritime Decarbonisation Centre reflects our unwavering commitment to addressing climate change and promoting sustainable practices within the maritime industry” said H.E Suhail Al Mazrouei, the UAE Minister of Energy. “By collaborating with DNV, we aim to leverage their expertise and global network to drive innovation and accelerate the adoption of decarbonisation technologies. The Centre will play a pivotal role in advancing our national and regional sustainability goals, while contributing to the global efforts in combating climate change.”

The Centre will take a multi-faceted approach, working on leading joint industry research programmes, collaboration with governmental, industry, and academic stakeholders, and attracting and developing new talent to the industry. In addition, the Centre will focus on programmes that incubate and accelerate the development of new technologies and provide a centralised hub for information on decarbonisation solutions.

“The Foundation Det Norske Veritas is driven by a desire to help society tackle major global transformations” said Remi Eriksen, President and CEO of the Foundation Det Norske Veritas and DNV. “The recent IMO decision to greatly strengthen international shipping’s emissions targets will spur the maritime industry to accelerate its transition. At DNV we deeply believe that cross-industry collaboration is vital to realising this goal and are working to share our deep and broad industry expertise through maritime decarbonisation centres in key regions of the world. The founding of the UAE Decarbonisation Centre, in cooperation with the Ministry, is another significant milestone for the industry and we look forward to welcoming new partners in the future.”

The partners are planning to launch the Centre at the beginning of 2024.

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