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Monday, September 6, 2021 

Two employees of Grieg Maritime, Ragnhild HÝvik and Kjerstin Hernes, have been selected to address the UN Global Compact about how they would like to see decarbonisation of shipping develop on the world stage.

Høvik (Project Engineer and Analyst, Grieg Star) and Hernes (Manager Portfolio, Strategy and Innovation, Grieg Maritime Group) are Grieg Maritime’s representatives in the UN Global Compact‘s Young Sustainable Innovators Program (YSIP), which has challenged young innovators to look at traditional business models in a new and sustainable way. The pair won over the Norwegian jury with their idea of a closer partnership between shipping companies to ensure a more speedy modernisation and decarbonisation of ships already in operation.

“Our philosophy is that shipping companies should compete in delivering the best services to their customers and work together to make sure shipping becomes carbon neutral,” said Hernes.

Working together with teams from companies like Norsk Hydro, Equinor and Asplan Viak, they have honed their idea over the last few months.

“We have pitched our solution several times, but it will be exciting to do it on such an international stage. Still, we believe in our idea and look forward to promoting partnership for decarbonising the existing fleet as well,” said Høvik.

With 31 other international teams, they will have seven minutes to describe their idea in front of a panel of judges representing experts from business, NGOs, and civil society.

“This idea is not something we have developed alone. We have discussed it with many people in our organisation, with the Grieg Group’s Leader Sustainability and Public Affairs Gry Larsen as our mentor. Eli Munkelien of Innovation Norway has also been of tremendous help,” said Hernes.

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