ICS announces first speakers for its flagship conference during LISW19

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 11th 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 todays ship owners 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 (UK)

John C. Lyras, Principal, Paralos Maritime Corporation (Greece)

Guy Platten, Secretary General, International Chamber of Shipping (UK)

Esben Poulsson, Chairman, International Chamber of Shipping and Executive Chairman of ENESEL (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 (UK)

Dr Michael Traver, Chair, Oil and Gas Climate Initiative Transport Workstream and Chief Engineer, Commercial Transport Research for the Aramco Services (US)

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 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.

Zoe Knight, HSBC, chairing the panel discussion The New Financing Realities, emphasised the importance of the event. “The drivers of global finance are changing and this will impact all sectors. The maritime sector is a vital sector for global trade but also for limiting climate change. Significant improvements in energy efficiency of vessels and the use of low-carbon fuels are transformations that would align shipping with the Paris Agreement goals and the finance sector can help by working closely with companies to support their climate ambition.”