BERLIN. Claudia Müller (The Greens) was appointed as the federal government’s coordinator for the maritime industry early in the year. In this role, which she took over from CDU politician Norbert Brackmann, she intends to promote the development of climate-neutral shipping, among other things. “We need to gear our attention towards climate-neutral engines, both in Germany and, wherever possible, in Europe too, thereby creating a more viable location for shipyards in Europe in the future,” stated Müller to the German Press Agency. Shipping has now entered a decisive turning point, and the success or failure will be determined by technology in the years to come. A mandatory target has been set to cut current greenhouse gas emissions by half by 2050. According to Müller, this would not only entail building new ships, even the existing fleet would need to be retrofitted with more climate-friendly systems. This politician from the Greens, who entered German parliament (Bundestag) for the first time in 2017, has acquired extensive expertise in maritime and inland waterway issues as well as SMEs. During the 19th legislative period, she was a member of the parliamentary group for inland waterway transport and the economic committee as well as deputy chairperson of the transport committee.