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RISE at UN Ocean Conference in Lisbon, Portugal

June 28th RISE was one of the co-hosts of a side event at the UN Ocean Conference in Lisbon, Portugal.
The conference was held between June 27th and July 1st.

The side event started at 11.00 (CEST) a link to the webcast is available further down on this page.

The side event endeavours to join the dots between sustainable maritime logistics and planetary boundaries, with practical solutions and increased ambitions

Reducing emissions is only part of making maritime logistics fit well in circular economies. This event endeavors to join the dots between sustainable maritime logistics and planetary boundaries.

The event will surface a range of concrete solutions on developments in carbon neutral transport services, and sheds light on some of the gaps in current maritime transport policies.

RISE is one of the co-hosts together with Government Offices of Sweden, Government of Finland, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Clean Artic Alliance, Ocean Care, Clean Shipping Coalition, International Windship Association & Seas at risk.

A summary of the side event is available here.

Government of Finland

Finland’s goal is to develop maritime policy into one of the country’s key strengths. 

In May 2021, the Government of Finland made a Resolution, that confirms national measures and Government priorities for exerting influence internationally to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from maritime and inland waterway transport.

The Finnish Government Resolution has been submitted to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) as Finland’s National Action Plan to address GHG emissions from ships.

Seas At Risk

The Brussels-based umbrella organisation of environmental NGOs from across Europe that promotes ambitious policies for marine protection at European and international level. Seas At Risk has over 30 member organisations spanning 17 countries, representing millions of citizens that care deeply about our seas and ocean.

VTT is a visionary research, development and innovation partner

We are one of Europe's leading research institutions. VTT is owned by the Finnish state. We advance the utilisation and commercialisation of research and technology in commerce and society. Through scientific and technological means, we turn large global challenges into sustainable growth for businesses and society. We bring together people, business, science and technology to solve the biggest challenges of our time. This is how we create sustainable growth, jobs and wellbeing and bring exponential hope.

Our sustainable shipping research focuses on decarbonising shipping through operational measures, ship design improvements, and alternative propulsion energy, enabling safe, efficient and green maritime transportation. VTT has the state-of-the-art expertise in all ship design and operation related matters. Hydrodynamics modelling of seakeeping, propulsion, cavitation and multi-phase flows, including ice load simulations. VTT possesses ship command bridge simulator applied for autonomous navigation and situational awareness research.

UN Side Event Notes (pdf, 1.8 MB)

Joining the dots between sustainable maritime logistics and planetary boundaries
28 Jun 2022
Committee Room at the Altice Arena, Lisbon, Portugal


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Please join our Side Event at the UN Ocean Conference in Lisbon, Portugal on June 28th.
The side event starts at 11.00 (CEST).

Matilda Ernkrans

Matilda Ernkrans

Minister for International Development Cooperation, Government of Sweden

Matilda Ernkrans has been Minister for International Development Cooperation since 30 November 2021. Between 21 January 2019 - 30 November 2021 she was Minister for Higher Education and Research.

Dr. Juhani Damski

Dr. Juhani Damski

Permanent Secretary of the Finnish Ministry of the Environment, Government of Finland

In his role as Permanent Secretary, he directs, develops and supervises the activities of the Ministry and its administrative branch. He is the most senior civil servant in the Ministry. Dr Damski has served as Director General of the Finnish Meteorological Institute, as Director of Unit at the Ministry of Transport and Communications and in various positions at the Finnish Meteorological Institute. He holds a PhD in the field of Meteorology.

Dr Monica Verbeek

Dr Monica Verbeek

Executive director, Seas at risk

Monica is the executive director of Seas At Risk. Dr Verbeek also serves as steering group member for the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition, and was founding and steering group member of Ocean2012 and vice president of the South Western Waters Advisory Council for fisheries. She holds a MSc degree in biology (received with honours) and a PhD degree in behavioural ecology from Wageningen University in the Netherlands.

Dr. Jan Hoffmann

Dr. Jan Hoffmann

Head, Trade Logistics Branch, Division on Technology and Logistics, UNCTAD

Jan joined the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in 2003 and became Head of the organization’s Trade Logistics Branch in 2016. The Branch is implementing multilateral transport and trade facilitation capacity building programmes, as well as regional and national projects in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and Latin America and the Caribbean.

Mr. Kitack Lim

Mr. Kitack Lim

Secretary-General, The International Maritime Organization (IMO).

Mr. Lim (Republic of Korea) has been the Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) since January 2016. Mr Lim holds master’s degrees from Yonsei University, and the World Maritime University (WMU).

Eero Hokkanen

Ministry of Transport and Communications, Government of Finland

Eero’s main responsibilities include international negotiations in maritime transport, particularly the ongoing negotiations on reduction of GHG emissions from ships in the IMO. Previously in his career he has worked as Communications Manager at Arctia Ltd, the owner and operator of Finnish icebreakers, and as Senior Adviser at the Finnish Embassy in Oslo, Norway.

Dr Mikael Lind

RISE Research Institutes of Sweden

Dr Teemu Manderbacka

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

Dr Lucy Gilliam

Seas at Risk

Lucy is an environmental science and policy specialist with over 20 years’ experience developing science-based policy and campaigns focused on international transport, ocean governance and ecosystem-based management. Lucy is responsible for Seas at Risk’s work on shipping and system change (One Planet Shipping project), the Arctic (Clean Arctic Alliance), and EU shipping advocacy.

Dr. Risto E.J. Penttilä

CEO, Nordic West Office

Dr. Sian Prior

Lead Advisor, Clean Arctic Alliance

Dr Sian Prior is the lead advisor to the Clean Arctic Alliance, a coalition of 20 non-profit organisations advocating better protection of the Arctic from the impacts of shipping. Current campaigns focus on regulation to reduce emissions of short-lived climate forcing black carbon, short-term measures to reduce GHG emissions, banning the use of exhaust gas cleaning systems and underwater noise. Dr Prior has represented non-profit groups at the International Maritime Organization for 30 years.

Mr. Gavin Allwright

Secretary General, International Windship Association

Gavin Allwright, Secretary general of the International Windship Association (IWSA) representing over 150 key stakeholders in the shipping industry working collectively to accelerate the uptake of wind propulsion to swiftly and deeply decarbonise the sector.

Mr. Claes Berglund

Director for Public Affairs & Sustainability, Stena AB

Ms. Päivi Koivisto

VP for Sustainability, Cargotec

Ms. Päivi Koivisto (MSc Environmental Technology & MBA) is a sustainability professional with over 20 years of experience in environmental and sustainability positions in multinational companies. Currently she is heading sustainability work at Cargotec and has been successfully leading the company's ambitious climate work.
Cargotec is a leading provider of cargo and load handling solutions with the goal of becoming the global leader in sustainable cargo flow.


Joining the dots between sustainable maritime logistics and planetary boundaries

Program UN Side Event (pdf, 358.23 KB)

Opening of the side event

Eero Hokkanen, Ministry of Transport and Communications, Government of Finland

Keynote speech 1 (Governments)

HE Ms Matilda Ernkrans, Minister for International Development Cooperation, Government of Sweden

Dr Juhani Damski, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of the Environment, Government of Finland

Keynote speech 2 (Civil Society)

Dr Monica Verbeek, Executive Director, Seas at Risk

Panel introduction

Dr Mikael Lind, RISE

Dr Teemu Manderbacka, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

Dr Lucy Gilliam, Seas At Risk

Panel Discussion

Dr Risto E.J. Penttilä, CEO, Nordic West Office

Dr Sian Prior, Lead Advisor, Clean Arctic Alliance

Mr Gavin Allwright, Secretary General, International Windship Association

Mr Claes Berglund, Director for Public Affairs & Sustainability, Stena AB

Ms Päivi Koivisto, VP for Sustainability, Cargotec

Moderated by Dr Lind and Dr Gilliam


Moderated by Dr Lind and Dr Gilliam

Concluding remarks 1

Dr Jan Hoffmann, Head of Trade Logistics, UNCTAD

Concluding remarks 2

HE Mr Kitack Lim, Secretary-General, IMO

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