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Carbon War Room Launches Shipping Efficiency Advisory Board

“We are proud to welcome six eminent industry figures to our advisory board. Their expertise will help guide our strategies so that we can continue to reduce carbon emissions profitably.”—Jules Kortenhorst, CEO Carbon War Room and Rocky Mountain Institute.

February 25, 2016, London, UK—Six leaders and influencers from across the shipping industry will join global NGO Carbon War Room’s (CWR’s) Shipping Efficiency Advisory Board. Their backgrounds span the shipowning, chartering, technical analysis, finance, and academic worlds. The board will lend extensive industry insight and support CWR’s mission to profitably decarbonise the international shipping industry.

Galen Hon, Manager, Shipping Efficiency, Carbon War Room, commented:
“We are thrilled to have gathered a group with so much knowledge and experience in shipping. Following UNFCCC in Paris, the industry has an obligation to find new and innovative ways to reduce carbon while remaining competitive. With expertise spanning finance, ship operation, classification, data analysis, technology, and software, these individuals are perfectly positioned to identify and evaluate opportunities for innovation and growth.

“The calibre of the board reflects the credibility that CWR has garnered within the shipping industry. It’s a validation of our ongoing efforts to work directly with the industry to deliver paths to carbon reduction in ways that make good business sense.”

The new advisory board will be composed of:

Jan Dieleman: The incoming President of Ocean Transportation at Cargill, Jan has been managing supply chains, trading, and sector ocean transportation in various roles at the company since 1999. With charterer motivation and demand acting as fundamental levers within shipping, Jan’s trading floor perspective will be key to understanding the real-world impacts of prospecting strategies and approaches. His understanding of energy and carbon trading, alongside his experience within ocean transportation, will add a wider perspective to the conversation.

Henrik Overgaard Madsen: The former CEO of DNV and, following the merger, President and CEO of DNV.GL from 2006 to 2015, Henrik has significant experience leading and managing change through both an industry and a company in flux. Having been at the helm of DNV.GL, Henrik will be able to advise with both a broad-spectrum overview and a significant understanding of regulatory impact on the industry. Henrik will also bring a forward-looking and optimistic approach to innovation and sustainability from his board positions at the UN Global Compact Board, the Research Council of Norway, and the World Council for Sustainable Development.

Mark Cameron: COO of Ardmore Shipping Corporation, the Irish product and chemical tanker owner and operator, Mark will bring the voice of the shipowning community to CWR’s Advisory Board. He will provide a first-person perspective of the challenges facing individual owners and the industry as a whole. Mark will also be able to guide CWR towards the solutions that make the best business sense for owners in the current market.

Juha Heikinheimo: President of NAPA, which provides maritime software, services, and data analysis for ship design and operations, Juha brings a key understanding of the current availability, application, and capability of technologies in yards and aboard vessels. His understanding of the design process for newbuilds, the data feedback process, the optimisation of day-to-day vessel operations, and third-party verification of existing technologies means he can provide key insight on the pressure points at which change is possible for the industry. He can also deliver a direct perspective on yards and design from his previous position as president of STX Finland.

Mark Clintworth: As Head of Shipping for the European Investment Bank, Mark has been personally responsible for driving support for the financing of sustainable shipping projects, funding newbuild and retrofit projects, and steering investment in research and development for the industry. Mark also holds an MSc in Naval Architecture and is currently working on his PhD in Risk in Maritime Project Investment with the UK’s University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. His skillset and range of understanding puts Mark in the ideal position to advise CWR on investment and funding, the financial landscape of the shipping industry, and finance availability.

Dr. Tristan Smith: Tristan is director of the Research Council UK-funded project Shipping in Changing Climates, and Reader in Energy and Transport at the UCL Energy Institute. As lead author of the Third IMO GHG Study 2014 and co-author of Lloyd’s Register’s Global Marine Fuels 2030, he has an unparalleled understanding of the current landscape of emissions, fuel availability, and demand within shipping, and how that landscape is likely to shift and adapt in the future. He will bring a rigorous scientific approach to the Advisory Board, and will ensure that the CWR team maintain focus on both the necessary and the possible.

Carbon War Room’s Shipping Efficiency Advisory Board members have joined and been appointed as personal individuals and will not be representing any company or organisation in their advisory role.

About Carbon War Room

Carbon War Room (CWR) was founded in 2009 as a global nonprofit by Sir Richard Branson and a group of likeminded entrepreneurs. It intervenes in markets to accelerate the adoption of business solutions that reduce carbon emissions at gigaton scale and advance the low-carbon economy. CWR merged with Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) in 2014 and now operates as an RMI business unit. The combined organization engages businesses, communities, institutions, and entrepreneurs to transform global energy use to create a clean, prosperous, and secure low-carbon future.

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