Chartering the Course to a Greener Future: Tackling Transportation’s Climate Challenge

Abu Dhabi, home to one of the world’s fastest growing commercial ports and logistics centres, is committed to being a leader in tackling issues of climate change. In fulfilling that role, it aims to identify best practice to offer a unique perspective on how best to tackle global warming challenges.

Pollution from transportation contributes a significant proportion of climate change gas emissions. It is estimated that over 23% of global carbon dioxide emissions derive from transport related activities. Moreover, according to the World Health Organisation, the transport sector is the fastest growing contributor to climate emissions, with the main drivers being urban land transport and freight operations.

In this context ambitious reductions are required over the next decade. The conference will seek to identify key solutions, as well as obstacles, to achieve a shift change in transport’s contribution to the climate change emergency, particularly focusing on the shipping and maritime sector.

The main focus of the conference will be ports and logistics; shipping; maritime technology; and financial and legal issues. The need for the transportation sector to remain an attractive industry for investment, and for stakeholders to remain competitive while making the transition to decarbonisation, will be underlying themes as well.

January 1, 1970
9:00 am - 9:30 am

Registration and refreshments

9:30 am - 9:35 am

Welcome Address by Yalda Hakim, Sky News

9:35 am - 9:40 am

Inaugural Address by Trevor Pereira, Managing Director, The Maritime Standard

9:40 am - 10:00 am

Keynote Addresses

Capt. Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi
Managing Director & Group CEO, AD Ports Group
Capt. Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, Managing Director & Group CEO, AD Ports Group

Session 1: - Tackling Transportation's Contribution to Climate Change "Setting the course for a sustainable future"

Capt. Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi
Managing Director & Group CEO, AD Ports Group
Abdullah Bin Damithan
CEO & Managing Director, DP World GCC
Capt Abdulkareem Al Masabi
James Frew
Global Head of Business Advisory - Decarbonisation Lead, Lloyd’s Register
Eng. Yasser Zaghloul
Group CEO, National Marine Dredging Company
Abdullah Al Hameli
CEO, Economic Cities & Free Zones, AD Ports Group
Sanjay Mehta
Chairman, S One Capital

Topics will include:

  • Developing sustainable multi-modal transportation models
  • Implementing sustainable shipping practices to accelerate the decarbonisation of the maritime Industry
  • Advancements in Sustainable Aviation Solutions: From Low-Emission Propulsion to Airlines' Zero-Carbon Strategies
  • Creating low-carbon transportation infrastructures
  • Shipping industry collaboration as the key to a decarbonized future
  • How can ports best play their part in tackling climate change issues?
  • Advancements in energy-efficient railway systems
  • The role of green financing in achieving net zero goals

Session Chair -

Yalda Hakim, Sky News
Eng. Shadi Malak, CEO, Etihad Rail
Capt. Abdulkareem Al Masabi, CEO, ADNOC Logistics And Services
James Frew, Global Head of Business Advisory - Decarbonisation Lead, Lloyd’s Register
Eng. Yasser Zaghloul, Group CEO, National Marine Dredging Company
Antonoaldo Neves, CEO, Etihad Aviation Group
Julian Mylchreest, Executive Vice Chairman, Global Corporate & Investment Banking, Bank of America
Sanjay Mehta, Chairman, S One Capital
Abdullah Al Hameli, CEO, Economic Cities & Free Zones, AD Ports Group
11:00 am - 11:15 am

Refreshment Break

11:15 am - 12:15 pm

Panel Discussion

12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

Q&A Session

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Session 2: Ports and Logistics "Redesigning operations and technology for a greener future"

Capt. Ammar Mubarak Al Shaiba
Acting CEO of Maritime Cluster & SAFEEN Group AD Ports Group
Emile Hoogsteden
CEO, SOHAR Port & Freezone
Jonathan Andrews
CEO, Steamship Mutual
Antonio Campoy
CEO, Noatum Group, Logistics Cluster, AD Ports Group
Gonzalo Canseco
Director Research & Development, Onepoint5 & Former Senior Advisor to the Secretariat of the UNFCCC
Mohammad Jaber
Managing Director, Air & Sea and COO Abu Dhabi, DSV Solutions Abu Dhabi
Carlos Guerrero Pozuelo
Global Market Leader for Gas Carriers & Tankers, Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore

In this session, we will delve into the pivotal role of ports and logistics in driving sustainable transportation practices. Through a series of presentations, we will explore the initiatives undertaken by leading port operators and cargo-handling technology developers to reduce carbon emissions. We will also highlight developments in the short sea, logistics and ship recycling sectors.

Topics will include:

  • Identifying ports’ contribution to climate change issues and what are the most effective remedial measures.
  • Driving Sustainable Growth in Maritime Operations: Achievements and Future Strategies.
  • Ensuring cargo handling systems are powered in a more environment-friendly way.
  • How insurance solutions can drive climate change action in the transportation sector
  • Multipurpose ports - tackling their specific challenges.
  • Harnessing shoreside power and other technologies to reduce vessel emissions in port
  • Building sustainability into logistics supply chains
  • Short sea, coastal, and inland waterway freight - putting ports at the heart of sustainable multimodal networks.
  • Finance: Investing to decarbonise port operations and accelerate progress to net zero across wider shipping value chains

Session Chair -

Sanjay Mehta, Chairman, S One Capital
Capt. Ammar Mubarak Al Shaiba, CEO of Maritime Cluster & SAFEEN Group, AD Ports Group
Emile Hoogsteden, CEO, SOHAR Port & Freezone
Matthew Luckhurst, Managing Director, APM Terminals Bahrain B.S.C
Jonathan Andrews, CEO, Steamship Mutual
Antonio Campoy, CEO, Noatum Group, Logistics Cluster, AD Ports Group
Gonzalo Canseco, Director Research & Development, Onepoint5 & Former Senior Advisor to the Secretariat of the UNFCCC
Mohammad Jaber, Managing Director, DSV Air & Sea Abu Dhabi & COO, DSV Solutions Abu Dhabi
2:45 pm - 3:30 pm

Panel Discussion

3:30 pm - 3:45 pm

Q&A Session

3:45 pm - 4:00 pm

Refreshment Break

Session 3: Sustainable Shipping and Maritime “Navigating the operational, technological, legal and financial hurdles to change”

Emil Pellicer
General Counsel, AD Ports Group
Ravi Jawani
Partner, Fichte & Co
Vijay Arora
Managing Director, Indian Register of Shipping

As the maritime industry grapples with the imperative of reducing emissions and embracing sustainability, this session delves into the intricate interplay of technological advancements, financial considerations, and legal frameworks. This session aims to identify pathways that could accelerate the transition toward a more environmentally responsible maritime future.

Topics will include:

  • Ports & Container shipping: quick wins to reduce climate change impact while ensuring economic viability.
  • Innovative propulsion systems: designing the carbon-neutral vessels of tomorrow.
  • Navigating Legal Challenges in Decarbonizing Maritime Bunker Industry
  • Evolution of alternative fuels: including methanol, hydrogen and biofuels
  • Classification societies - what role must they play in bringing shipping’s carbon emissions down?
  • Balancing operational efficiency and emissions targets
  • Financial partnerships: reducing carbon emissions through collaborative strategies.
  • Insights from the insurance sector: balancing risk and sustainability rewards
  • Incentivizing climate action: the importance of fiscal and regulatory initiatives
  • Getting legal clarity at a time of regulatory flux
  • Sustainable financing models for port and transportation infrastructure
  • Climate related financing - the global context
  • Innovating Gas Carrier Design and Propulsion Technologies: A Focus on LNG Utilization & Next-Gen Gas Containment Systems

Session Chair -

Rania Tadros, Managing Partner, Stephenson Harwood Middle East
Emil Pellicer, General Counsel, AD Ports Group
Nitin Mehta, COO, Lila Global
Carlos Guerrero Pozuelo, Global Market Leader for Gas Carriers & Tankers, Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore
Ravi Jawani, Partner, Fichte & Co
Farooq Zuberi, CFO, APM Terminals Bahrain B.S.C
Vijay Arora, Managing Director, Indian Register of Shipping
Hamed Fathi, Director & Head of Legal, IME Group
4:45 pm - 5:15 pm

Panel Discussion

5:15 pm - 5:30 pm

Q&A Session

5:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Summary and Closing Remarks

Networking cocktails
January 1, 1970
6:00 pm - 6:15 pm
Room 1

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