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Katharine Palmer

Katharine Palmer

Global Head of Sustainability


Katharine is the Global Head of Sustainability for Lloyd’s Register. With more than 17 years’ experience in the shipping industry, she’s an established influencer and thought leader on climate change, decarbonisation and potential energy transition pathways in the maritime sector. In her current role, she provides advice and insight on leading practices in sustainability and future strategies to a wide range of marine stakeholders including financiers, charterers, shipowners and regulators.

Katharine has held several positions on external industry bodies throughout her career. She has been the co-chair of the IMarEST Technical Leadership Board since 2016. She’s an elected trustee on the board of the Sustainable Shipping Initiative and is a member of the UK Department for Transport Net Zero Transport Board, and the Ammonia Energy Association. She represents Lloyd’s Register on the Global Maritime Forum’s ‘Getting to Zero Coalition’, as well as on UN Global Compact Sustainable Ocean Business Action Platform, and on the UN Environment Programme’s Sustainable Blue Finance initiative.

Her collaboration with the University Maritime Advisory Services and thought leadership on low carbon pathways was one of the first to suggest the goal of a 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from shipping by 2050, and to achieve this, zero-emission vessels would need to be in use by 2030. That ambition has been endorsed by the Global Maritime Forum’s ‘Getting to Zero Coalition’.

Given the scale of the transition to zero, we must achieve real change in this decade so that zero-carbon energy plays a role by 2030.

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