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Climate and Energy
Ports are transforming rapidly, with many transforming into vibrant physical and digital hubs of economic activity. With this change, sustainable energy generation is becoming key, not only for ports themselves but also to close regional circular economic loops. Ports are looking at waste and energy reuse, replacing hydrocarbons with renewable sources to power newly-electrified terminal operations for cargo and passengers. How can public and private sector interests in port communities achieve such a successful energy transition ?
While COVID-19 has brought some companies and industries to a standstill, container shipping & logistics has prevailed as an absolutely essential sector that continues to connect the world and make global trade affordable. In his keynote, MSC CEO Soren Toft will give a fresh perspective on the agenda priorities for the sector to ensure it keeps on evolving to meet the needs of global trade in a digitalizing and decarbonizing landscape. He will then discuss these themes with Port of Antwerp CEO Jacques Vandermeiren and specifically how shipping and ports can collaborate in keeping pace with these trends.