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Maurice Meehan takes the lead at Carbon War Room’s Shipping Operation

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LONDON – MAY 1, 2017 – Carbon War Room (CWR)—part of Rocky Mountain Institute, the global NGO that promotes profitable solutions for decarbonisation—today announced the appointment of Maurice Meehan as the director of its Shipping Operation. On 1 May 2017 Meehan, formerly of Maersk, will assume the leadership of the Shipping Operation, which has been working to accelerate and promote a profitable low-carbon shipping industry since 2009.

Meehan’s leadership will be informed by 12 years of experience within the shipping and transport sectors. He joins CWR from Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), where he led work in the European, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Transport and Logistics sector. In this role, he focused on developing innovative approaches for the corporate sector to address the biggest issues affecting the transport and logistics sector today, notably including climate change, responsible supply chains, and ethics and compliance. Before joining BSR, Meehan held various positions within A.P. Moller—Maersk Group, including Maersk Drilling, Maersk Tankers and Maersk Line, during which time he led the development and implementation of sustainability strategies in both offshore and maritime.

Remarking on his appointment, Meehan commented: “Supporting the shipping industry to reach a sustainable and profitable future has been a significant part of my career so far. The role with CWR is a natural step given a clear alignment in my own beliefs and CWR’s mission to find profitable solutions for our industry in collaboration with impact-focused shipowners, charterers, and financiers. I look forward to bringing a fresh perspective to CWR’s Shipping Operation and leading the operation towards further success in its continued work within and for the international maritime industry.”

Jules Kortenhorst, CEO, Rocky Mountain Institute-Carbon War Room commented: “Maurice Meehan brings many years of experience from some of shipping’s leading companies. We welcome his expertise and industry insight to drive the next phase of our Shipping Operation and to meet the decarbonisation challenge.”dsb

CWR’s Shipping Operation focuses on the profitable decarbonisation of the shipping industry. Best known for its ShippingEfficiency.org portal, where it hosts free-to-access data tools to help better understand both ship design and operation, CWR most recently laid out the first approach to climate stress-testing of shipping assets for ship financiers and shipping banks. In the report, Navigating Decarbonisation: An approach to evaluate shipping’s risks and opportunities associated with climate change mitigation policy, it outlines enhanced due diligence that would help deliver long-term value to shipping and avoid losses by the mid-2020s.

About CWR 
Carbon War Room (CWR) was founded in 2009 as a global nonprofit by Sir Richard Branson and a group of like-minded entrepreneurs. It intervenes in markets to accelerate the adoption of business solutions that reduce carbon emissions at gigaton scale. In 2014, CWR merged with and now operates as part of Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI). RMI engages businesses, communities, institutions, and entrepreneurs to transform global energy use to create a clean, prosperous, and secure low-carbon future. RMI has offices in Basalt and Boulder, Colorado; New York City; Washington, D.C.; and Beijing.

About Shipping Efficiency
Carbon War Room launched Shipping Efficiency in 2010. Since then, it has worked with RightShip to develop the GHG Emissions Rating and make it publicly available at ShippingEfficiency.org. The Rating ranks vessels against others of a similar type and size on a simple A to G scale, from most to least efficient. It is now used by charterers to shift a fifth of the world’s shipped tonnage to more efficient ships annually and by other shipping stakeholders, including ports and banks. In 2016, it launched BetterFleet, the first publicly available and comprehensive online portal revealing the operational efficiency of ships

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