Thursday, July 22, 2021

Great and the Good of Logistics Gather for Shipping Decarbonisation Event

COP26 Offers Opportunity to Present a United Front
Shipping News Feature

UK – WORLDWIDE – 31 October 2021 will see the opening in Glasgow of COP26, the 26th UN Climate Change Conference aimed at minimising polluting emissions, and the logistics of the supply chain will play a central role.

To reinforce the importance of the industry some major players are to hold a ministerial level, day-long, event ‘Shaping the Future of Shipping’ featuring some of the world’s leading figures on decarbonisation from across the globe to address key strategic issues in shipping’s rapidly evolving decarbonisation journey.

The event is taking place on the 6th November at the University of Strathclyde’s Technology & Innovation Centre, home to the UK’s Maritime Safety Research Centre and a world-leading centre of marine technology research. Discussion topics will include: the removal of carbon-heavy fuels from a traditionally ‘hard to abate’ sector; securing equitable decarbonisation frameworks to benefit developing countries; and the reduction of financial risk from shipping transformation so action can urgently be taken to curb emissions today.

The day is described as an unprecedented cross-industry event on behalf of global shipping to demonstrate the critical importance of immediate action and cross-sectoral collaboration for the energy transformation of shipping. Some of shipping's major figures will lead a ‘Meeting the Challenge’ panel for attendees, while logistics giants will bring the perspective of wider supply chain leaders.

An exclusive ministerial round table will be held during the event to discuss areas such as policy and frameworks, innovation infrastructure, and financing energy transformation. Emanuele Grimaldi, President & Managing Director of Grimaldi Euromed SpA commented:

“A holistic approach is essential for the decarbonisation of the shipping industry. Only with international, cross-sectoral collaboration can we deliver an equitable carbon transition for shipping. We have heard the calls from environmentalists and the public that we need action rather than words. This meeting can catalyse a transformation agenda by reaching beyond just the industry itself to engage key players in the global supply chain.”

Sponsors already confirmed include the American Bureau of Shipping, Grimaldi Group, Lloyds Register, NYK Line, Ocean Network Express (ONE), and Stena. Jeremy Nixon, CEO of Ocean Network Express, observed:

“We are coming together at a critical time to seek consensus on a clear regulatory and technical roadmap, and to support our joint global environmental needs and universal industry supply chain trading requirements.”

Details of speakers and attendees at the ‘Shaping the Future of Shipping’ event will be announced in due course. Esben Poulsson, Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) concluded:

“This meeting must be about the reality of change and the difficult decisions that need to be taken at COP26. We must reduce political risk so the shipping industry and the maritime supply chain can increase the speed and scale of transformation.

“With COP taking place shortly before the important International Maritime Organization meeting on decarbonisation, we see this gathering as a major opportunity to garner the political leadership needed to advance the agenda on R&D and the creation of a global market-based mechanism to drive decarbonisation.”

To discuss opportunities to take part in the event, please contact Richard Emsley at ICS Richard.emsley@ics-shipping.org.

Photo: The Technology & Innovation Centre at Strathclyde University, home to the COP26 Shipping meeting.