Symposium on alternative low-carbon and zero-carbon fuels - 9 and 10 February 2021


Technological innovation and the global introduction of alternative fuels and/or energy sources for international shipping will be integral to achieve the ambition set out in the Initial IMO Strategy on reduction of GHG emissions from ships.

To take stock of ongoing initiatives,  the 2021 IMO Symposium on alternative low-carbon and zero-carbon fuels for shipping was held virtually in English only on Tuesday, 9 February 2021 and Wednesday, 10 February 2021, with daily sessions from 11:00 to 14:00 UTC. 

The symposium presented state-of-the art research and innovation, discussed the advancement of alternative low-carbon and zero-carbon fuels in international shipping, and looked at initiatives to promote the availability, affordability and uptake of future marine fuels. 

The symposium has now concluded and you can watch or rewatch it here: For day one click here and day two here.

Programme and presentations

The agenda is below or can be downloaded here (PDF).

Speakers bios can be downloaded here:  Bios of speakers.

Day 1 Tuesday, 9 February 2021, 11.00 – 14.00 UTC 

11.00 Introduction and opening remarks 

Opening remarks by Kitack Lim, Secretary-General, IMO

11.15 Introduction of the Symposium by moderator, Mr Sveinung Oftedal (Norway – Chair of ISWG-GHG) 

11.20 Block 1: Using alternative sustainable fuels. Lessons-learnt from alternative fuel use by shipowners 

12.20 Q&A session 

12.40 Block 2: Building alternative fuel-ready ships. State-of-play in shipyards, ship designers and technology providers 

13.40 Q&A session 

14.00 Close of the session 

Day 2 Wednesday, 10 February 2021, 11.00 – 14.00 UTC 

11.00 Block 3: Providing alternative fuels; building the supply-chain and required infrastructure. State-of-play of preparing for use of alternative fuels in the wider maritime industry 

12.05 Q&A session 

12.25 Block 4: Prospects for alternative sustainable fuels. Research & Development and demonstration projects, including involvement / opportunities for countries in the production and utilization of alternative sustainable marine fuels 

13.30 Q&A session 

13.50 Summary and conclusion of the Symposium 

14.00 Close of the session and of the Symposium