EUSBSR 2016 & Sustainable Shipping

"Sustainability of the Shipping Industry – Reaching a New Normal" is the headline of Main Session 04 in this years 7th Strategy Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR).

Time: 14:00-14:50 Wednesday 9 November

Venue: Mässhallen, the Brewery Conference Centre

The focus of this session is: Achieving zero environmental and climate impact from shipping, while remaining prosperous, has been a vision since the EUSBSR goals were formulated. For this, cooperation is crucial, not least in a PPP perspective. During the session, we present results & unsolved issues, discuss what public-private partnerships are to achieve next in regards of risk-sharing, in order to ensure reaching the BSR Vision 2030. And. We need to continue since society health benefits from green shipping are estimated, so far, to €1 million / ship & year.

What we like to achieve is: An increased engagement of stakeholders in achieving the common goal of prosperous transport at sea with zero environmental and climate impact, including engaging new stakeholders; higher awareness of the public-private partnerships in North & Baltic Sea region that are effective and delivering results, including benefit to the society and the sea, and to gain a common view on a risk sharing solution when implementing a new normal where green investments are the most profitable choice.

Presenters & Panelists:

  • Anne Berner, Finnish Minister of Transport & Communication
  • Anna Johansson, Swedish Minister for Infrastructure
  • Carl Carlsson, CEO Zero Vision Tool (on the day with a focus on Financial Instruments)
  • Erik Fridell, Senior Researcher & Professor IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute (represent the Joint University Project Zero.8 where emission/discharge/accident/noise reductions are monetized, and job opportunities are counted to show the societal benefits of these maritime investments)
  • Jan Hanses, CEO Viking Line ApB (among other things world-first Liquid Natural Gas driven ferry bunkered ship-to-ship and the sorting system XPRS (where bio-waste is separated from other garbage, in coop with biogas plant))
  • Niclas Mårtensson, CEO Stena Line (among other things world-first Methanol driven ferry and onshore power supply)
  • Wojtek Sopinski, Advisor EU Motorways of the Sea (way forward from an EU perspective and what can be done in BSR)

Moderating the session is Monika Zamachowska, who is a Polish journalist and moderator specialized in European affairs and EU integration with extensive experience from Baltic Sea Region events. She is also the one moderating the main Summit.

Interview Discussion: The Main Session 04 is proceeded by an interview discussion with the panelists, in the Creative Lounge moderated by Egle Obcarskaite, who has a background in communications, Baltic Sea region cooperation and facilitating cross-sectoral relations. Questions on what have been achieved so far, what is needed to take the next step and solution suggestions, will be raised.

The Forum: The Forum is hosted by the Swedish Government together with the Nordic Council of Ministers and in close cooperation with the European Commission. It is held on 8-9 November at the Brewery Conference Centre in Stockholm, Sweden. The overall thematic focus of this EUSBSR Stragety Forum will be the future of the Baltic Sea Region and a desired vision for 2030. The Strategy Forum will be used to discuss how the EUSBSR can or should contribute to a desired development within its three objectives: Save the Sea, Connect the Region and Increase Prosperity. A strong emphasis will also be placed on the agreed sub-objectives of the EUSBSR.

The EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) aims to reinforce cooperation in the region in order to face shared challenges and opportunities by working together. The Strategy was approved by the European Council in 2009 following a communication from the European Commission. It is the first macro-regional strategy in Europe. The EUSBSR aims to meet the challenges common to the countries in the Baltic Sea Region by working together, and to seize key opportunities in the region. The EUSBSR Strategy Forum 2016 has more than 1,000 participants registered. The top five countries with the most registered participants are Sweden, Finland, Germany, Poland and Denmark, but there is a strong representation from the whole Baltic Sea Region. There is also interest from outside the region, from Europe but in some cases as far away as Australia, USA, and Uruguay. Add to that the multitude of interesting speakers and panelists engaged in thematic sessions and the foundation is set for some dynamic discussions. Macro-regional matchmaking will take place in the Creative Lounge during both days.

More information can be found via the links below. Welcome!