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IBIA Appoints Edmund Hughes as New IMO Representative

IBIA Appoints Edmund Hughes as New IMO Representative

International Fuel Industry Association (IBIA), effective September 1, 2023, Dr. Edmund Hughes has been appointed as the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Representative.


Dr. Edmund Hughes was Head of Air Pollution and Energy Efficiency in IMO's Marine Environment Division. During his tenure there, Edmund Hughes played an important role in the development of MARPOL Annex VI, including transformative regulations such as IMO 2020 and initiatives to improve the energy efficiency of ships. In addition to this role, Hughes also served as Secretary of the IMO Working Group responsible for the First IMO Strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from ships in 2018. Dr. Edmund Hughes has been a consultant to the shipping industry for the past few years.

Bringing to IBIA his outstanding knowledge in maritime policy, primarily focused on the control of ship emissions, Dr. Edmund Hughes developed strategies to address greenhouse gas emissions, particularly the groundbreaking 'Fund and Award' mechanism, through innovative collaborations with the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS). His advisory role on 'Net zero aviation and maritime' in the Environmental Audit Committee in the UK Parliament is a testament to how competent he is in this field.

“Edmund's joining the IBIA team embodies our aspirations for leadership in the fuel and marine industries as we embrace decarbonisation,” said Timothy Cosulich, IBIA President. Cosulich; “With its unmatched history and expertise, we are optimistic about IBIA's future role at IMO, increased activity within our working groups, and vital relationships with industry stakeholders,” he said.

IBIA invited its members, shipping community and stakeholders to welcome Edmund and said, "We are excited to explore the new perspectives, dedication and competence he will bring to the association and to the wider shipping industry.

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