Classification society DNV signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure for establishing a new UAE Decarbonisation Centre.

H.E Suhail Al Mazrouei, United Arab Emirates minister of energy and infrastructure, and Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO DNV Maritime, signed the MoU at a ceremony at the IMO headquarters in London.

The new UAE Maritime Decarbonization Centre will connect stakeholders from across the maritime industry and beyond, to become a driving force for reducing green-house gas (GHG) emissions globally.

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 centralized hub for information on decarbonization solutions.

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

“The establishment of the UAE Maritime Decarbonization 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.

“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, adding that 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 realizing this goal and are working to share our deep and broad industry expertise through maritime decarbonization centres in key regions of the world. The founding of the UAE Decarbonization Centre, in cooperation with the Ministry, is another significant milestone for the industry and we look forward to welcoming new partners in the future,” Remi Eriksen added.