UCL Energy Institute’s and Director of UMAS, Dr Tristan Smith has been named in the Lloyds List’s Top 100 ranking of most influential people in the shipping industry.

In recognition for their leading energy transition work in the shipping industry, Dr Tristan Smith, Associate Professor in Energy and Shipping at UCL Energy Institute and the research team, have been named in the Lloyd’s List Top 100, listing the shipping industry’s most influential people.

Dr Tristan Smith came in as a new addition to the top 100, being named by the Lloyds list as “The shipping industry’s leading energy transition academic”, recognising the influence of his body of work in directing carbon strategies for the shipping industry. On Tristan’s work they state: “Look closely at the data behind almost any maritime decarbonisation paper and you will find Dr Smith’s intellectual fingerprints on it somewhere”

Dr Tristan Smith, is also the Director of UMAS, providing applied research and consultancy to the shipping industry and policy makers. UMAS was the lead author of the shipping’s Transition Strategy launched last year along with many other prominent transition related outputs, including the recent Science Based Targets initiative and other industry led initiatives such as the Poseidon Principles, Sea Cargo Charter and Cargo Owners for Zero Emission Vessels.

Dr Tristan Smith is the PI of the Decarbonising UK Freight Network Plus project has, since 2010, grown a substantial group focused on modelling and analysis of shipping’s efficiency and emissions. He was PI of the RCUK funded Shipping in Changing Climates project, led the 3rd IMO GHG Study, is lead author of ISO 19030, co-chair of World Bank’s CPLC Maritime Thread, and has been involved in numerous projects across the academic, industry and policy domains.

This is not the first time UCL Energy Institute has entered the Top 100 league, in 2016, UCL Energy Institute was included in Lloyd’s List’s top 10 regulators of the shipping industry in 2015, alongside organisations such as the European Union, the International Chamber of Shipping and the Federal Maritime Commission. This was in recognition of the significant level of engagement at the different levels of policy making, internationally, regionally and nationally.

It is increasingly urgent for the the shipping industry to tackle challenges of decarbonisation. The Lloyd’s list announcement notes for those featured on the Top 100 list the main challenge is balancing the long-term transition of decarbonisation with immediate challenges for business, with tangible action to address climate change being a decisive factor in choosing European Commission leaders for the number one spot. The recognition of the group’s work across academia, industry and policy is timely, and marks the importance of academic work in navigating these challenges for the shipping industry.

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