Oslo international environmental conference sets the agenda for ports
Does the cruise and shipping industry take the environment seriously? Join the debate at GreenPort Cruise & Congress 2019 in Oslo, October 16-18.
Photo: Industry leader keynote. Viking Ocean Cruises owner, Torstein Hagen will present his company’s environmental plans. Photograph: Viking Ocean Cruises
Oslo will be the world's first emissions-free port
The Norwegian capital, Oslo is Europe's Green Capital for 2019 and one of the most ambitious and active cities in environment and climate.
“Oslo is in full swing with its green transition and is phasing in zero-emissions solutions. The port and city have established climate targets and we are committed to investing in renewable solutions. We look forward to a compelling dialogue with the industry's leading players in cruises, ports and logistics solutions when we meet in Oslo in October,” says Port Director Ingvar M. Mathisen.
Oslo leads the debate.
Oslo Port Director, Ingvar M. Mathisen welcomes participants to dialogue and debate environmental regulations and the industry's response to the climate challenge. Photograph: Tine Poppe
Industry heads to Oslo
Norway is at the forefront with emissions-free solutions for the maritime industry.
Torstein Hagen, shipping company owner and chair of one of the world's largest cruise lines, Viking Ocean Cruises, is one of the keynote speakers. Focusing on technology and sustainability solutions, Hagen will present his company’s plan to comply with the world's most stringent environmental regulations in the UNESCO world heritage fjords of Norway.
Sveinung Oftedal, senior adviser for the Ministry of Climate and Environment and Norway's representative in the International Maritime Organization (IMO) will address what he believes is necessary to make global shipping emissions-free. Norway has long been a driving force for stricter environmental regulations in global shipping within the IMO, which has been criticized in the past for opposing the requirements. The IMO changed its stance 2018 with a resolution to halve emissions from international shipping by 2050 compared to 2008 and reach the target of zero emissions as quickly as possible in this century. Oftedal will share his perspective on the IMO negotiations, the status quo following the IMO’s London meeting in May 2019, and an update on the regulatory environment governing international shipping.
Roger Strevens, Vice President of Global Sustainability at Wallenius Wilhelmsen presents tomorrow's sustainable solutions in logistics and shipping. Wallenius Wilhelmsen is a market leader in vehicle logistics, transporting cars and trucks around the world. It operates a fleet of around 130 vessels with routes to six continents. The type of ship used in this sector is responsible for almost 80% of global shipping emissions. Learn what Wallenius Wilhelmsen is doing to reach the IMO's goal of halving emissions by 2050.
A forum for greener shipping
GreenPort Cruise & Congress 2019 covers a range of topics, including high-tech green solutions, multimodal supply chains, and zero emissions solutions for ports, terminals and cities. The conference is a meeting place for 150 decision makers from Norwegian and international ports, terminal operators, shipping companies and logistics operators. We will share the latest development and environmental practices with a focus on cutting emissions and sustainability.
Day 1: What can global shipping do to reduce its climate footprint? Bellona and Zero lead debate
On the first day of the conference, October 16, there are two parallel streams. One focused on the cruise industry, the other on ports as logistics and energy hubs. The streams include workshops, innovations and short, pecha kucha presentations.
The Port of Oslo collaborates with environmental organizations Bellona and Zero to help make its ports emissions-free. They will lead the debate about the future of green ports and maritime transport.
Marius Gjerset, technology manager at Zero, leads the stream on emissions-free port cities and logistics solutions. This stream focuses on pilot programs in Norway's maritime industry, eliminating waste and improving productivity with circular economy and innovative energy solutions for ports that need more electricity.
Christina Ianssen, maritime senior advisor in Bellona, leads the stream for the cruise industry. Shipping companies will share knowledge about reducing emissions, sustainable solutions, and the environmental challenges driving innovation and investment.
Day 2: Challenges, solutions and discussion about tomorrow’s emissions-free ports
On the second day of the conference, October 17, delegates will gather to share experiences and discuss solutions. Visionary suppliers will present the latest and emerging technology solutions for the maritime market. The program includes real-time information on noise and air emissions, electric cranes and terminal infrastructure, autonomous solutions and updates from the ports of Seattle, London, Genoa and Oslo.
See the complete program and register for GreenPort Cruise & Congress 2019 October 16-18