The Maritime Standard Transportation and Climate Change Conference takes place in Abu Dhabi and does so for a good reason. The Emirate, home to one of the world’s fastest growing commercial ports and logistics centres, is committed to being a world leader in tackling issues of climate change.|
Appropriately, then, the event will begin with an inaugural address by a senior figure within the Abu Dhabi government, setting out its key aims and objectives, particularly in terms of the transportation sector. This presentation will also highlight some of the trailblazing initiatives it has set in motion and is planning to implement over the next few years.
Pollution from transportation contributes a significant proportion of climate change emissions. For example it is estimated that over 23% of global carbon dioxide emissions derive from transport related activities. The keynote session will assess how to tackle transportation’s contribution to climate change. A series of substantive presentations will be given by leaders in their respective fields who are driving change in shipping, air and land transportation, ports and in new technology.
Ports and Logistics
The ports and logistics session will focus on initiatives being taken by leading port operators and cargo handling equipment suppliers to reduce carbon emissions. Developments in the rail and air cargo logistics sector will also be covered. Speakers will help identify ports’ contribution to climate change issues and will set out some effective remedial measures. Topics covered will include powering cargo handling systems in a more environmentally friendly way, how to switch cargo from road to rail and shorts sea routes and how air cargo can move to a low carbon future.
Identifying ways of reducing harmful emissions is a top priority for all sectors and this third session will concentrate on technology innovation. Presentations will highlight notable initiatives taken by leading transport operators and technology providers. There will be a strong focus on the container and cruise shipping sectors as well as the development of alternative fuels and propulsion systems.
Finance, legal and regulations
The financial, legal and regulatory context will be the focus of the fourth session of the conference.The financial sector has an important role to play in helping the transportation business tackle climate change, while navigating the increasingly complex regulatory maze will require legal expertise. This session will explore how collaboration between these sectors can accelerate climate change action plans. Speakers will discuss how the transport industry can attract climate change funding and how tax and other incentives can drive achievement of transport climate change objectives. The implications of the pandemic for the climate change agenda of the transportation industry will also be discussed.
TACC will be a hybrid conference with attendees and presenters taking part online using webinar technology and in person, meeting all the necessary health and safety requirements in place at the time. The organising committee will continue to monitor the Covid-19 pandemic and will modify arrangements as appropriate. However the hybrid format with both onsite and virtual components will allow more people to participate and benefit from this important event