13 Dec 2022

Sustainability and technology top priorities for 2023

As we move into 2023, we decided to run a poll on our LinkedIn page to find out about the priorities for organisations this upcoming year. We discovered that ‘becoming more sustainable’ is a priority for 37% of respondents in 2023. Implementing new technologies was in second place with some 26% of respondents selecting this choice.  Of the other two options on the poll 20% selected recruiting new staff and 17% chose controlling budgets.

The two issues are also top of the expectations of Alastair Fischbacher, the 119th IMarEST President, as he looks towards 2023.

“It is no surprise that sustainability and technology top the poll of priorities for 2023. Sustainability is now far more at the forefront of thinking and discussion than it has ever been and technology will be the key in helping us make progress towards a more sustainable future.” - Alastair Fischbacher, the 119th IMarEST President.

In looking at the issue of decarbonisation, in particular, Alastair adds: “When it comes to decarbonisation, technology is the key to unlocking our progress. We have two option, we can either stop moving things around, or you can change the way that you do so. As the former is not possible it has to be by change, and change involving technology solutions. This area is getting a huge amount of attention now and we can expect substantial progress over the next few years.”

Speaking about the marine community’s ability to meet these challenges, Alastair says: “The pace of change is growing and we have to be able to not only keep up with it but be able to drive it as well. We cannot just to respond, we must help set the direction. IMarEST members have a role to play; they hold the knowledge and therefore are uniquely placed to input to improvement.”

We have a variety of special interest groups (SIGs) which are focusing on the many and varied challenges associated with the marine sector’s move towards greater sustainability, these range from addressing the issues of ocean plastic and marine litter, marine fuels and emissions, decarbonisation, to offshore renewable energy, and recycling marine structures.

Alastair concludes:

“IMarEST members are at the forefront of the process, whether they are in research, design, development, production or operations. Whatever sector we are individually in, we can often learn from each other and also from other industries and being part of the discussion, actively or passively, will help to accelerate progress.”