ICS Announces First Speakers for its Flagship Conference During LISW19

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The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) will challenge the shipping industry and policymakers to face the reality of powering global trade without the use of fossil fuels in its 2019 International Shipping Conference ‘Setting Course for 2050: Powering Global Trade’.

Taking place at the British Library on Wednesday 11 September 2019, during London International Shipping Week, the conference will bring together leading scientists, economists, oil & gas industry players, financiers, infrastructure and shipping leaders along with ministers and policymakers. The programme will ask how the changing dynamics of global trade, new technology and the need to address climate change will impact business models and will set out how today’s shipowners must prepare for the transition to zero CO2 emitting fuels – the ‘4th Propulsion Revolution’.

Guy Platten, Secretary General of the International Chamber of Shipping said “We are bringing together a stellar line up to shine a light on the drivers that are shaping the global business agenda and to identify pathways for an equitable transition in the shipping industry and its value chain. This important event will welcome speakers at the cutting edge of industry, policy and thought leadership to engage with the shipping industry in what will be a unique forum for those seeking to shape the future of shipping.”

The first ten speakers announced today are: 

  • Guest speaker: Kitack Lim, Secretary-General, International Maritime Organization (IMO) (Republic of Korea), who will set out the 2050 Challenge
  • Kristina Fløche Juelsgaard, Director, Business Development, Ballard Power Systems Europe (Denmark)
  • Zoe Knight, Managing Director & Group Head, Centre of Sustainable Finance, HSBC, and Commissioner, Energy Transitions Commission (United Kingdom)
  • John C. Lyras, Principal, Paralos Maritime Corporation S.A (Greece)
  • Guy Platten, Secretary General, International Chamber of Shipping (United Kingdom)
  • Esben Poulsson, Chairman, International Chamber of Shipping and Executive Chairman of ENESEL PTE. LTD (Singapore)
  • Professor Anders Hammer Strømman, Director, Industrial Ecology Programme, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and IPCC 6th Assessment Lead Author, Working Group III – Transport (Norway)
  • Dr Rhian-Mari Thomas OBE, CEO, Green Finance Institute (United Kingdom)
  • Dr Michael Traver, Chair, Oil and Gas Climate Initiative Transport Workstream and Chief Engineer, Commercial Transport Research for the Aramco Services (United States of America)
  • Dr Patrick Verhoeven, Managing Director, International Association of Ports and Harbours (Belgium)

Setting Course for 2050: Powering Global Trade will examine the challenges facing the maritime world as it prepares for the 4th Propulsion Revolution. The flagship conference will discuss the critical drivers that will impact the industry and identify the solutions needed to set a course for 2050.  

Sessions will include Climate Change and the Shipping Sector; The Economics of Change; Fuel in Transition; and Building Capacity and Resilience.