This year’s IMO-UNEP-Norway Innovation Forum was held 28 and 29 September both in person at the IMO headquarters in London and on a hybrid basis with livestream. IAPH managing director Patrick Verhoeven joined one of the panel sessions, which focused on how IMO policies are driving the international maritime decarbonisation agenda. Patrick underlined the double role that ports play in energy transition, as bunkering spots for shipping and as industrial clusters in the trade and transportation of zero and low carbon fuels. He further emphasised the real and huge potential in developing countries which requires major investments and partnerships across these nations as well as overseas partnerships to enable a just and equitable energy transition. The Innovation Forum coincides with this year’s World Maritime Day, which is celebrated under the theme ‘New technologies for greener shipping’. With this theme, the IMO is putting the spotlight on the role of emerging technologies to support a green transition of the maritime sector into a sustainable future, providing a platform to showcase inclusive maritime innovation, research and development, and the demonstration and deployment of new technologies. You can watch all Innovation Forum sessions on IMO’s YouTube channel.