Portugal Shipping Week to host the world’s first carbon neutral shipping conference

on Wednesday, 22 July 2020. Posted in Petrospot News

 Portugal Shipping Week (PSW), taking place from 21-25 September in Lisbon, will not only be one the first major maritime events taking place in situ as the world gradually emerges from Coronavirus lockdown, but it will also include the world’s first carbon neutral shipping conference thanks to a partnership between PSW organiser Petrospot and carbon trading and offsetting specialist AitherCO₂.

The ‘greening’ of shipping and ports, the marine energy transition and the development of sustainable ‘blue’ economies set against a backdrop of recovering global markets, are becoming the focus of many governments and industry the world over. And for the Portuguese Government, the focus on the environment, from cleaner fuels to cleaner seas, is particularly sharp and so will give Portugal Shipping Week an extra sense of purpose and urgency.

The timing of PSW could hardly be better as it is expected that later this summer the shipping sector will be included in the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme, which itself will be featured during the Flagship Conference.

The impressive line-up of speakers for the Flagship Conference includes Portugal’s two Government Ministers with oversight of maritime affairs, the British, German and Norwegian Ambassadors to Portugal, high ranking politicians and officials from the European Parliament, Portuguese and British Governments, Presidents and CEOs of ports and shipping companies, leaders of the major shipping associations and many more.

 The packed programme will examine how governments and industry are tackling the transition towards a greener future.

Llewellyn Bankes-Hughes, Chairman of PSW and Managing Director of publishing and event organising firm Petrospot, said: “Pedro Nuno Santos, Portugal’s Minister of Infrastructure and Housing, who has direct oversight of ports and shipping, and Ricardo Serrão Santos, Minister of the Sea, made it crystal clear from the very start of the planning process that this, the second edition of the biennial Portugal Shipping Week, had to be completely focused on the environment and a cleaner future.

“With Jutta Paulus, German Member of the European Parliament, representing the Greens, speaking about the European Green Deal, Roger Hargreaves, Maritime Director of the UK’s Department for Transport covering Britain’s Clean Maritime Plan and the route map to Maritime 2050, and Simon Bennett, Deputy Secretary General of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) discussing the International Maritime Organization’s decarbonisation goals, PSW will certainly have a clear focus. This will be reinforced by other speakers representing Forum Oceano, the World Resources Institute, the European Marine Safety Authority (EMSA) and many others,” he added.




For further information, please contact:

Llewellyn Bankes-Hughes on +44 1295 814455, email LBH@petrospot.com

Notes To Editors

About Portugal Shipping Week

Portugal Shipping Week is hosted by the Portuguese Government and Portugal’s dynamic ports, shipping and maritime communities and is intended to showcase what the country can offer the global maritime sector. Organised every two years by Petrospot Limited, it offers a unique opportunity to meet and develop important new commercial relationships with the leaders of the Portuguese and international maritime sectors.

Portugal Shipping Week will include a two-day Flagship Conference, highly focussed energy and maritime seminars, an exhibition, a marine energy transition round table, a technical site visit to Sines, Portugal’s busiest port, and some spectacular networking overlooking Lisbon’s famous waterfront.

The week’s core events will be held at the historic Alcântara Maritime Terminal, on the banks of the River Tagus.

See https://www.petrospot.com/events/psw-2020 for further details

About AitherCO₂

Carbon trading specialist, AitherCO₂, will be calculating the carbon footprint of the entire event and will compensate its emissions through the cancellation of an equal amount of high-quality Carbon Credits, making Portugal Shipping Week a 100% carbon neutral event. This means that Portugal Shipping Week will be the first shipping conference in the world to have a completely sustainable carbon impact.