PORTS IN A CHANGING CLIMATE, A CHANGING WORLD

Is the climate for European ports changing? This is the central theme of the ESPO 2017 Annual Conference, taking place on 1 and 2 June, kindly hosted by the Port of Barcelona.

2016 was the hottest year on record, after 2015 was and 2014 before that.  Limiting the increase of global temperature well below 2°C and tackling climate change are probably one of the greatest challenges of human history.  Also for ports.

As essential part of the logistic chain, main gates to the world, nodes of energy and industry clusters, European ports must contribute to the global, European and national Climate and decarbonisation Agenda. Moreover, ports are literally on the first row when sea levels are rising and coasts are hit by heavy storms.

How to become a low-carbon or even zero-carbon port?  How much time do we need for the energy transition? Are European ports  and their infrastructure prepared for the storm? Will ports be part of the solution to the climate issue? What is the responsibility of the port authority? How can port authorities  promote and facilitate the engagement of  their different stakeholders?  How far can  a port authority go in enforcing low-carbon engagement?

The world is entering a new era. Disruption seems to become the buzzword of 2017. The questioning of globalisation, upcoming protectionism and geopolitical developments risk to radically change trade patterns and curtail cargo flows and thus be a game changer for ports in Europe. How to look at this upcoming economic nationalism at a time where the shipping lines, logistic operators and terminal operators are increasingly joining forces and setting up alliances.

How disruptive can new trade barriers be for ports? Is the business model of European ports changing? Is the role of the port authority changing? Should ports follow the example of their customers and join forces? 

These are the themes and the questions that will be tackled during a two-day conference gathering different high-level experts and inspiring speakers, who will set the scene for lively debates with different port authorities and EU policy makers.  

As always different networking and social events allow participants to continue the discussions while enjoying the local cuisine and cultural environment. 

The ESPO conference 2017 is taking place in wonderful Barcelona, not without reason Europe’s favourite destination. Our host, the Port of Barcelona is Europe's ninth largest container port and one of the most advanced logistic platforms in the Med. On top of that the Port of Barcelona is the leading cruise port in Europe and the Mediterranean.

Globalisation is under threat. As economic recovery remains very fragile, nationalism is on the rise and new major wars loom. This is a moment for ports to reflect. Uncertainty brings a greater need for diversification and efficiency. Yet, ports too must reflect about how commerce can generate more tangible benefits for the societies they serve. Ports, after all, will only flourish as long as their hinterland thrives.

Jonathan HOLSLAG, Professor

PROGRAMME

Ports in a changing climate, a changing world.

Is the climate for European ports changing? This is the central theme of the ESPO 2017 Annual Conference, taking place on 1 and 2 June and hosted by the Port of Barcelona, Europe's benchmark port in the Euro-Mediterranean area.

Limiting the increase of global temperature well below 2°C and tackling climate change are probably one of the greatest challenges of human history. Also for ports.

How to become a low-carbon or even zero-carbon port? How much time do we need for the energy transition? Are European ports and their infrastructure prepared for the storm? Will ports be part of the solution to the climate issue?

The world is entering a new era. The questioning of globalisation, upcoming protectionism and geopolitical developments risk to radically change trade patterns and thus be a game changer for ports in Europe. How to look at this upcoming economic nationalism at a time where the shipping lines, logistic operators and terminal operators are increasingly joining forces and setting up alliances. How disruptive can new trade barriers be for ports? Is the business model of European ports changing? Is the role of the port authority changing?

These are the themes and the questions that will be tackled during this two-day conference gathering different high-level experts and inspiring speakers, who will set the scene for lively debates with different port authorities and EU policy makers.

As always different networking and social events will allow participants to continue the discussions while enjoying the local cuisine and cultural environment. And is there a better place to combine this than wonderful Barcelona…

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08:30

BUS DEPARTURE FROM HOTELS

09:00

REGISTRATION AND WELCOME COFFEE

09:15

OPENING SESSION

Welcome by

Eamonn O’REILLY, Chairman, ESPO
Sixte CAMBRA, President, Port of Barcelona

09:40

Opening Keynote Speech

Spanish Minister of Transport (invited)
Josep RULL, Catalan Minister of Transport
Matthew BALDWIN, Deputy Director General of DG MOVE, European Commission

Outlook for shipping and ports

Alan MURPHY, CEO and Partner, SeaIntel Maritime Analysis. Container Market Outlook.
Tim POWER, Managing Director, Drewry. The Asian perspective: thermal coal and renewables in power generation.

Climate Outlook:

Alvaro RODRIGUEZ DE SANABRIA, The Climate Reality Project, Europe Branch, Regional Coordinator. "The sooner we learn to be jointly responsible, the easier the sailing will be" The Climate Reality.

11:00

COFFEE BREAK

11:30

Keynote speech by Laurence GRAFF, Head of Unit, DG CLIMA, European Commission: EU and global policy on decarbonisation of ports and shipping  

11:45

SESSION 1: HOW TO BECOME A LOW CARBON PORT?

Moderator: Edvard MOLITOR, Chairman Sustainbable Development Committee, ESPO

Dario BOCCHETTI, Energy Manager, Grimaldi. The path to a decarbonising maritime transport
Sergio BARBARINO, Research Fellow of Procter & Gambl Research & Development organization and Chairman of ALICE, the EU Innovation Platform for Logistic. And what happens inside the container?
Clemens SCHNEIDER, M.A., Research Fellow Future Energy and Mobility Structures, Wuppertal Institute. Decarbonisation of ports and port industry: turning the challenge into an opportunity.
Tom WOOD, Associate, Sustainability & Climate Change, WSP. Comparing activities, greenhouse gas emissions and performance in ports and airports - why a carbon management certification scheme is the next step for ports?

Q & A

View of the ports

David Bugeja, Harbour Master, Authority for Transport in Malta (invited)

Dragomir MATIC, President of the Management Board, Port of Koper (invited)

Roger SCHJERVA,  Head of the Board, Port of Oslo 

Francesco Maria DI MAJO, President, Port of Rome

13:15
LUNCH
14:30

Keynote speech by Chris TRELAWNY, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Maritime Security and Facilitation: Connecting ships ports and people for sustainable development: an IMO perspective    

14:45

SESSION 2: CONSEQUENCES OF CLIMATE CHANGE FOR PORTS. WHAT IS THE PORT OF THE FUTURE AT THE AGE OF A LOW CARBON OR CARBON NEUTRAL ECONOMY?

Moderator: Rosa Mari DARBRA, Associate Professor at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia

Prof. Robert NICCHOLS, Tyndall Centre for Climate change Research: School of Civil Engineering & the Environment University of Southampton Highfield. Preparing ports for the storm / How can seaports prepare for sea-level rise?
Frank VERSCHRAEGEN, Project Manager Energy & Blue Growth, DEME. The blue cluster: smartly combining coastal defence and blue growth.
Ewald BREUNESSE, Manager Energy Transition, Shell, The Netherlands 
Tom SCHELTJENS, Projects Directorate, European Investment Bank. Financing of climate change mitigation and adaptation projects.

Q & A

View of the ports

Christine CABAU, CEO, Port of Marseille 

Gísli GISLASON, Port Director, Associated Icelandic Ports

José Luis HORMAECHEA ESCOS, Managing Director, Port of Algeciras Bay

Joachim COENS, Managing Director, Port of Zeebrugge

16:15COFFEE BREAK
16:30

20th ANNIVERSARY OF ECOPORTS

Chairman: David WHITEHEAD OBE

Dr. Chris WOOLDRIDGE, Science Coordinator Ecoports. Ecoports 20 years: building a worldwide network for sharing experience in a port environmental management. 
Sotiris RAPTIS, Ecoports coordinator and Senior Advisor, ESPO. Ecoports' contribution in facing the envrionmental challenges of tomorrow. 
Frans DE KRUIF, Lead Assessor, Project Specialist, Lloyd Register. Best practices in port environmental certification.

Panel discussion with PERS certified ports

Patrick KEATING, CEO, Shannon Foynes Ports Company

Carlos BOTANA LAGARON, Head sustainability Department, Port of Vigo

Dr. Matthäus WUCZKOWSKI, Head of Sustainability Management, Niedersachsen Ports

Chryssanthi  KONTOGIORGI, Head of Environmental Protection Department, Port of Piraeus

17:30END of the first conference day
17:30FAMILY PICTURE WITH ECOPORTS MEMBERS
20:00DEPARTURE FOR CONFERENCE DINNER
08:30

BUS DEPARTURE FROM HOTELS

08:45

WELCOME COFFEE

09:00

Keynote speech by Olaf MERK, Ports and shipping expert of the International Transport Forum at the OECD. Ports as strategic assets.

09:15

KEYNOTE ADDRESS by Jonathan HOLSLAGAnticipating a fragmented world: how ports can respond to deglobalisation.

Jonathan Holslag is a professor of international politics. He teaches at the Free University Brussels and is a guest lecturer at the NATO Defence College, as well as several other military academies. He is an advisor to the First Vice-President of the European Commission and works on geo-economics for different member states. Jonathan has published widely on international security and political economy.

10:00

ROUNDTABLE 1: THE BUSINESS CASE OF PORTS IN A CHANGING CLIMATE AND CHANGING WORLD

ModeratorDirk STERCKX, Former journalist and former Member of the European Parliament

Merja KYLLÖNEN, Member of the European Parliament
Ramon TREMOSA, Member of the European Parliament
Clemence CHENG, Divisional Head, Hutchinson Westports Limited
Jens MEIER, Managing Director, Hamburg Port Authority
Victor SCHOENMAKERS, Director Corporate Strategy, Port of Rotterdam
Jacques VANDERMEIREN, CEO, Port of Antwerp
Jonathan HOLSLAG, Professor, Free University Brussels

11:00COFFEE
11:30

KEYNOTE ADDRESS by VIOLETA BULC, EU Commissioner for Transport

11:45

ROUNDTABLE 2: WHAT IS THE ROLE OF A PORT AUTHORITY ANNO 2017?

ModeratorTBC 

Violeta BULC, EU Commissioner for Transport
Knut FLECKENSTEIN, Member of the European Parliament
Santiago GARCIA MILÀ, Deputy Executive Director, Port of Barcelona
Eamonn O'REILLY, CEO Port of Dublin and ESPO Chairman
Daan SCHALCK, CEO, Port of Ghent
Paolo Emilio SIGNORINI, President, Ports of Genoa & Savona

12:55

CLOSING of the ESPO 2017 CONFERENCE

Eamonn O'REILLY, Chairman, ESPO

13:10Port of Rotterdam announces ESPO CONFERENCE 2018
13:15
LUNCH
14:00

DEPARTURE FOR PORT VISIT 

For participants having a flight before 18:30, it will be difficult to attend the Port Visit.

16:00ARRIVAL back at hotel
Day 1
09:30
CEO Port of Dublin and ESPO Chairman
Day 1
09:30
President, Port of Barcelona
Day 1
09:30
CEO and Partner, SeaIntel Maritime Analysis
Day 1
09:30
Managing Director, Drewry
Day 1
11:10
Head of Unit, DG CLIMA, European Commission
Day 1
11:30
Senior Manager Environment, Port of Gothenburg
Day 1
11:30
Research Fellow of Procter & Gambl Research & Development organization and Chairman of ALICE
Day 1
11:30
Associate, Sustainability & Climate Change, WSP
Day 1
11:30
Chair of the Port Board at the Port of Oslo
Day 1
11:30
President, Port of Rome
Day 1
14:15
Managing Director, Port of Algeciras Bay
Day 1
14:15
Associate Professor at the Polytechinc University of Catalonia
Day 1
14:15
Tyndall Centre for Climate change Research
Day 1
14:15
Project Manager Energy & Blue Growth, DEME
Day 1
14:15
CEO, Port of Marseille
Day 1
14:15
Port Director, Associated Icelandic Ports
Day 1
14:30
Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Maritime Security and Facilitation, IMO
Day 1
16:15
OBE
Day 1
16:15
Science Coordinator, EcoPorts
Day 1
16:15
Ecoports Coordinator and Senior Advisor, ESPO
Day 1
16:15
Lead Assessor, Project Specialist, Lloyd Register
Day 2
09:15
Professor of International Politics, Free University Brussels
Day 2
10:00
Member of the European Parliament
Day 2
10:00
Member of the European Parliament
Day 2
10:00
Managing Director, Hamburg Port Authority
Day 2
10:00
Director Corporate Strategy, Port of Rotterdam
Day 2
10:00
CEO, Port of Antwerp
Day 2
10:00
Managing Director, Europe & CEO, HPUK
Day 2
11:30
European Commision, Deputy Director General DG MOVE
Day 2
11:45
Member of Parliament
Day 2
11:45
Deputy Executive Director, Port of Barcelona
Day 2
11:45
CEO, Port of Ghent

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

For its 2017 Annual Conference, ESPO is taking you to Barcelona. You will find below some practical information that might be useful to organise your stay in Barcelona.

ABOUT THE VENUE

The 2017 Annual ESPO Conference will take place in the World Trade Center. WTC Barcelona has an extensive range of shops and services, among them parking facilities and a 5-star Grand Luxe hotel. The building is located beside the Mediterranean and on Barcelona’s most well-connected main road. WTC Barcelona also offers an outstanding selection of terraces with unbeatable views. More information here.

ABOUT THE PORT OF BARCELONA

The Port of Barcelona is a benchmark port in the Euro-Mediterranean area. Its area of influence stretches through the south and centre of Europe and North Africa and it is the logistics gateway, linking markets as distant as the Far East and Latin America. It is specialised in general cargo and high value added cargo, such as consumer goods, electronics and vehicles. Barcelona therefore is a highly diversified port, which we could almost describe as five-in-one: the commercial port, the energy port, the cruiser port, the logistics port and the citizen's port, known as the Port Vell. See more at: Port of Barcelona

WHERE TO EAT

Barcelona offers an extraordinary range of restaurants, from reasonably priced daily menus to Michelin-starred restaurants, alongside traditional and creative tapas. You will never be far from a place to have a snack or a good meal. You can even enjoy Barcelona’s gastronomy from a terrace with views on the Mediterranean!  Bon appétit!  See more on Visit Barcelona Website.

WHERE TO SHOP

Barcelona’s shops are as diverse as the people who walk into them. You will find a great mix of unique shops, second-hand markets, luxury shops, malls and outlet centres. Anyone who enjoys shopping will find his favorite store in Barcelona. See more on Visit Barcelona Website.

WHERE TO SOCIALIZE

As Barcelona has the beach, the sea, the city and the mountains, it offers many activities and the city never seems to sleep. It has set the benchmark for the international electronic music scene and dances to the sounds of the world's top DJs. It is also the perfect place for lovers of jazz, rock, Latin rhythms and pop. No matter what type of person you are, there is always a way to find alternative things to do in Barcelona. See more on Visit Barcelona Website.

Ports are fascinating places! They play an important role in the European Union's economy – they are the gates to our wonderful continent. They are also an essential part of our infrastructure where new industries and logistics services grow, directly providing jobs for 1.5 million people. Ports have an important role in limiting the environmental footprint of the entire logistics chain. I am delighted to engage with all the participants in the 2017 ESPO Conference to think about challenges and opportunities for our ports in a changing climate and changing world."

Violeta Bulc, Commissioner for Transport

Contact

If you have questions regarding your registration and/or the hotels, please contact espobarcelona2017@viajesandromeda.es. If you have any other questions, please fill in the form below. 

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