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.

Schedule 2024
January 1, 1970
9:00 am - 9:30 am

Registration and refreshments

9:30 am - 9:35 am

Welcome Address

9:35 am - 9:40 am

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

9:40 am - 10:00 am

Keynote Address

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

Session 1: Facilitating Transportation’s Transition to Net Zero

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:

  • Sustainable shipping - best practice solutions
  • Creating green port and terminal networks
  • Supply chain solutions - logistics sector steps up on sustainability
  • The wider implications of climate change for the aviation sector, and air cargo operations in particular
  • Developing energy efficient multi-modal transportation networks
  • Regulatory framework - future changes on the horizon
  • Transferring cargo to clean and green rail systems: the GCC experience
  • The development of green financing tools for achieving net zero goals
  • Cop 28 - a year on: progress update
  • A strategic evaluation of alternative fuel options and their respective operational and economic viability
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: Transportation - Embracing new operational and service solutions

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

Topics will include:

  • Developing green supply chains
  • Building integrated multi-modal networks
  • Electrification of port operations - scope for a major contribution to climate change issues?
  • Achieving sustainable trade growth - identifying optimum future strategies
  • The impact of CII and EEXI on shipping - regulatory success stories?
  • Incentivising climate action within the transportation sector - the role of fiscal and financial tools
  • Developing sustainable fuel networks for shipping and aviation
  • Balancing operational efficiency and sustainability requirements across transportation
  • Shortsea, coastal shipping and rail - moving cargo flows off the road
  • Harnessing the power of digitalisation and AI to drive down carbon emissions
  • Overland road transport - taking operations into a low carbon future
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: Transportation technology - Overcoming the barriers to sustainable transition

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

Topics will include:

  • Alternative fuel retrofits - the challenges and opportunities
  • Designing the carbon neutral ships of the future
  • Carbon capture - a concept whose time has come
  • Shipboard wind propulsion - rapid development continues
  • Classification societies - shaping the sector’s drive to net zero
  • Insights from insurance - balancing risk and reward
  • Maritime law - the importance of getting legal clarity at a time of change
  • Green cargo handling - investing in a new generation of container terminal systems
  • Harnessing shoreside power and other technologies to reduce emissions in ports
  • Sustainable aviation fuels - highlighting the need for faster progress
  • Embracing Green Rail Technology
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

Networking Cocktails

One of the main reasons professionals attend a conference is to network. The Maritime Standard(TMS) Networking Cocktails is aimed to promote networking between delegates attending and can be an opportune time for helping your company and your career.

TMS Networking Cocktail evenings are immensely popular and are primarily focused on providing attendees with an opportunity to network with their counterparts as well as providing a platform for expanding business contacts.

You won’t find a better platform to form new business contacts and to develop existing connections than at The Maritime Standard Networking Cocktails, which has a more casual and relaxed vibe than the office – but still maintains a professional overtone. Business cocktail parties are a great opportunity to break out of your shell, whether you are looking to explore career options, expand your knowledge about a company and its employees, or simply to broaden your network of contacts. Take advantage of the various opportunities provided by TMS Networking Cocktails to maximize your professional goals.