MAKING CONNECTIONS: Partnerships as drivers for shipping’s energy transition
The Marine Energy Transition Forum (METF) returns to the Port of Antwerp-Bruges on 17/18 October to review the rate and scale of progress on shipping’s decarbonisation.
Now in its fourth edition, there will be much to discuss at this year’s Forum as it comes just ahead of what will be a momentous and challenging period for shipping as new EU environmental legislation comes into play, notably FuelEU Maritime, the revised Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Directive and the EU Emissions Trading System.
The impact of the IMO’s recent regulations, such as EEXI and CII, will be assessed at METF 2023 and the UN agency’s much anticipated revision of its initial greenhouse gas reduction strategy will also be firmly on the conference agenda.
At this year’s Forum, shipping’s new fuels and technologies will be considered from the perspective of partnerships, with a clear focus on the industry’s engagement with ports as the new energy hubs, innovators and collaborators in the maritime energy transition.
The METF agenda will feature input from shipowners, charterers, cargo owners, fuel suppliers, technology providers, ports, regulators and legislators, and industry associations who will discuss their experience of collaboration on the energy transition.
Partnerships are seen as key to fostering and accelerating progress on maritime decarbonisation in order to meet IMO timelines. At METF, delegates will hear whether the partnership ‘model’ is working at the R&D level and also when projects are scaled up for commercialisation. Access to finance to support the lifecycle of capital-intensive initiatives will also be central to the discussions in Antwerp this year.
As always, the METF programme will be project-based, with an emphasis on the decarbonisation choices facing mid-sized and smaller maritime companies as well as the industry’s first movers.
Port visit organised by the Port of Antwerp-Bruges
This half-day guided bus tour will take delegates from the right to the left bank of the port, and they will be given information about the multiple energy transition initiatives that are underway at the port. The tour includes a visit to the Advario gas terminal and an explanation about methanol production.
Click here for more information about the tour itinerary.
Programme details are subject to change as new speakers are confirmed. If you feel you could make a significant contribution to the programme as a speaker or panalist, please contact Lesley Bankes-Hughes at firstname.lastname@example.org or +44 1295 814455 x211.
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