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Diane Gilpin Founder CEO at Smart Green Shipping Alliance


Designed and leads The Smart Green Shipping Alliance, SGSA, a collaborative industry initiative created to build technically, commercially and environmentally superior systems solutions for shipping. It works through co-creation, transferring technology and knowledge from offshore yacht racing, F1, renewable energy, aviation and defence to complement deep commercial maritime expertise. It engages with, and challenges, all aspects of existing system – ship design, building, financing, operation, breaking – to re-design a more resilient long term solution for critical supply chains.

The SGSA developed and tested the design of a medium sized, new build sailing hybrid merchant ship externally validated as using ~50% less fuel than conventionally powered ships and has designed retro-fit wind-assist technologies for existing ships. It has designed a new business model to accelerate uptake of the technology. It has relationships with large cargo owners and ship owners and charterers. The SGSA’s purpose is to expediently execute the ship design and take this, and other complementary and discrete low carbon, maritime renewables solutions to scale.

The SGSA regularly engages with: Humphreys Yacht Design, Cammell Laird, University College London, University of Southampton, Rolls-Royce, Lloyds Register, Tata Steel, QinetiQ, Met Office, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change, National Composite Centre, Willis Towers Watson, HSBC to co-create whole systems solutions from design to financing.
The project won the ‘One to Watch’ Award at 2014 The Ship Efficiency event.

Representing  B9/SGSA Diane has been invited to Number 10 Downing Street ahead of COP15, attended an address by the Pope at Westminster Hall, appeared on TV, radio and in print media including BBC News 24, BBC Radio. Spoke at Paris COP21 and led organisation of ‘Ambition 1.5: Global Shipping’s Action Plan’ – at COP23 in Bonn. Presented at European Commission and is frequently invited to international shipping, renewable energy and eco-design events. Been a panellist on various high-level international shipping and climate change debates and is a regular contributor to international maritime news magazine Splash 24/7 and a German based shipping intelligence report. Advised European Climate Foundation on media strategy ahead of critical International Maritime Organisation meeting April 2016.

Holder of InnovateUK’s Women in Innovation Award. Executive Committee member of International Windship Association.

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