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How will COP27 shape MEPC 79 for shipping and beyond

What does COP27 mean for shipping?

What does COP27 mean for shipping?

With attention for action on climate change fully focused on COP27 this November in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, industry expectations are running high.

A revision of the International Maritime Organisation’s Initial Greenhouse Gas Strategy is expected to be considered at a meeting of MEPC 80 scheduled for mid-2023, meaning that MEPC 79 in December will be a forum for member states and others to influence the Initial GHG Strategy.

Consequently, COP27, an ‘implementation’ COP with a focus on finance and resilience, will have a significant bearing on the pace and shape of shipping’s decarbonisation ambitions, with implications for shipping stakeholders across the maritime value chain.

Webinar overview 

Immediately after COP27, in partnership with the UN Climate Change High-Level Champions, we will convene a conversation with key attendees to get their insights on what happened at COP27 and how this could play out at the IMO GHG negotiations at MEPC 79 and 80 in terms of the level of ambition, 1.5 alignment and interim targets, advancing the mid-term measures package and an equitable transition.

This webinar was recorded on the 22 November, 2022


Charles Haskell, Decarbonisation Programme Manager, Lloyd's Register

Katharine Palmer, Shipping Lead for the UN High Level Climate Champions

Katharine Palmer

Michael Wiseman, Head of International Maritime Emissions Policy, Department for Transport

Dr Tristan Smith, Associate Professor in Energy and Transport, UCL

Dr Charlotte Kirk, scientist and green ammonia expert, Fortescue Future Industries Ltd

H.E. Albon Ishoda, RMI Ambassador to the Republic of Korea

LR at COP27

Creating a safer maritime system
15th November, 6:15pm EET

Lloyd’s Register Foundation and the Marrakesh Partnership will host a hybrid Futures Lab @ COP27 event: ‘Creating a consolidated global centre for a safer maritime system’, in the Resilience Hub at 6.15pm EET on 15th November.

The session will explore how a global centre could catalyse safe and transformational change across the maritime system through international collaboration and ambitious action to create new solutions.

Highlights from COP26

LR’s work on Green Corridors

LR on the ground


COP26 – first assessment on the outcomes for shipping.

Were the industry’s ambitions and objectives for the 12-day event achieved? And what are the next steps for the industry?

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What does COP27 mean for shipping?

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