Global LNG and clean energy leaders to outline transition agenda at this year’s Nor-Shipping
Nor-Shipping 2017 will play a key role in setting the agenda for the shipping industry’s transition from oil to clean energy, with a unique gathering of global executives and thought leaders on 31 May.
The leading maritime event week, taking place across a series of venues in Oslo and Lillestrøm from 30 May to 2 June, will welcome a who’s who of players within the LNG, battery technologies, hydrogen and wider energy arenas to discuss the opportunities, and challenges, facing the adoption of next generation energy solutions.
Taking place as part of the Agenda Ocean programme, the special keynotes and round table discussions will provide insights into on-going work by cross-industry alliances. Key topics will embrace removing implementation bottlenecks, breakthrough energy technology, collaborative working models, and lessons learned from current standout projects.
High-level participants include Mike Utsler, COO of Woodside Energy, which operates 8% of global LNG supply, Peter Justesen, the Chief Shipping Officer at energy giant Engie (Europe's largest LNG importer), Akinwole Omboriowo II, CEO of African Genesis Energy, and Peggy Liu, the Chairperson of the Joint US-China Collaboration for Clean Energy, amongst others. A special Japanese Nor-Shipping hydrogen delegation will also be in attendance, led by the Japanese Vice Minister of Transportation.
“This is an incredible opportunity for our delegates, and the wider industry, to not only take the pulse of the clean energy movement, but also witness the strategies, partnerships and projects that will drive it forward,” comments Nor-Shipping Director Birgit Liodden.
“Over 90% of global trade moves by sea and trade volumes are growing, but we can’t afford to let emissions do the same. Fuels like LNG, with 85-90% less NOx, 100% less Sox and 100% less particulate matter than heavy fuel oil, are clearly an ideal alternative, but there are barriers to uptake. By gathering leaders of this calibre in one place, at one time, we can help the industry discuss these challenges and potentially identify the best ways of gaining the consensus, ambition and solutions to overcome them.
“Clean maritime fuels are the future and we, at Nor-Shipping, want to play our part in realizing their huge potential.”
Alongside energy and shipping executives from Asia, Africa, Europe and beyond, partners from the growing SEA\LNG alliance - a multi-sector industry coalition conceived to create better understanding of, and opportunity for, LNG – will also be in attendance.
This kind of collaborative working group, which was recently boosted by the arrival of JAX LNG, Petronet LNG Limited, and Toyota Tsusho Corporation, is, according to Liodden, a model for accelerating clean energy uptake.
“SEA\LNG, like Nor-Shipping, involves participants that span the entire shipping value chain,” she explains. “This is the only way to effect real, widespread change. The transition to clean fuels cannot be achieved by companies working in isolation. We need to come together, create solutions that consider and encourage all stakeholders, and commit to change.
“The industry leaders that will be joining us at Nor-Shipping appreciate that. It will be interesting to see how our delegates, and the maritime sector at large, responds to their insights, expertise and vision.”
Other hot topics on the Agenda Ocean programme include Ocean Industrialisation, Global Governance and the Ocean Space, and From Belt to Circle: Oceans Connected. Nor-Shipping has already confirmed high level speakers from a broad spectrum of the shipping industry and beyond for both its Agenda Ocean and Opening Conference programme.
Participants include, amongst others, Leif O. Høegh, Chairman of Höegh Autoliners, Maersk Chief Digital Officer Ibrahim Gokcen, Elisabeth Grieg, co-owner of the Grieg Group and CEO of Grieg International AS, Rashpal Bhatti, VP Freight at BHP Billiton, global thought leaders Tony Seba and Parag Khanna, and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, former Chair of the African Union Commission.
This year’s Nor-Shipping is expected to attract around 35,000 visitors, with almost 1,000 of the world’s leading maritime companies showcasing products and services to the industry, future talent and shipping value chain stakeholders.