Sustainability and energy expert to deliver keynote address at COP23 shipping decarbonisation summit

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The organisers of an industry-led summit that is bringing together more than 150 shipping industry representatives and delegates of the UN Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to create an Action Plan for the decarbonisation of the shipping industry at the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP23) have announced that Dr Jenifer Baxter (pictured) will deliver the keynote address to open and inspire the anticipated high- impact summit proceedings.

The ‘Ambition 1.5oC: Shipping’s Global Action Plan’ summit will be held on 13th November in Bonn, Germany. The focus of the summit is the creation of an Action Plan for how the shipping industry can embrace the power of the possible and embrace a business-focused approach that pushes ahead of regulatory mechanisms to meet the high ambition climate change target of limiting global temperatures to 1.5oC, as indicated in the Paris Agreement.

The keynote address delivered by Dr Baxter will disseminate her extensive knowledge gained from experiences in a wide array of industries that have faced the challenges of, and benefited from, tackling decarbonisation. She will share insights gained from her experience of expertly fostering enterprise, entrepreneurial leadership, management, business innovation and facilitating the transition to low carbon solutions.

Dr Baxter said: “Shipping is a truly fascinating industry from a decarbonisation perspective and I welcome the challenge of both delivering a stimulating keynote for this summit and also being heavily involved in the subsequent working groups that will create the Action Plan that accelerates the transition to ultra-low carbon and zero emissions solutions.”

Following the summit, a briefing document will be delivered to UNFCCC delegates, National delegation focal points, the UNFCCC secretariat and all relevant national policy makers to influence discussions around shipping transportation at the core COP23 proceedings. This briefing document will provide a summary of the main challenges and opportunities for shipping industry from decarbonisation, the high ambition approaches agreed at the summit and a copy of the draft Action Plan created. An official press conference will also be held at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety on 15th November, 2017.

Ambition 1.5oC: Shipping’s Global Action Plan has been officially endorsed by a jury consisting of the UNFCCC partners; the incoming Fijian Presidency of COP23, the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety and the City of Bonn and is an official Climate Partner for COP23.

Co-organisers of the summit include Lloyd’s Register, MAN Diesel & Turbo, RightShip, MARIKO, Danish Shipping, International Windship Association (IWSA) and Green Ship of the Future. The Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI), Carbon War Room and UMAS are acting as advisors. The event organising committee consists of The Blue Green Events Company, Mantour Consultancy and Smart Green Shipping Alliance (SGSA).

Information about the summit can be found at: www.shippingambition1o5C.com.

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