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International trade and the global economy is reliant on ships to transport goods across the planet, but the sector is also a massive contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. The industry will have to play an integral part of the energy transition, whether it likes it or not, as climate targets loom ever nearer on the horizon. Technology will help clean up shipping’s act, as will regulation, but when will we see emission-free vessels in the water?
Simon Bergulf, senior director for ESG Public & Regulatory Affairs at Maersk, one of the world’ largest shippers, is the guest on this week’s Policy Dispatch and talks to Sam about the course his company is charting.
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