The digital conference brought together over 100 participants with speakers from across the Baltic Sea Region, including non-EU members Russia and Norway, to discuss practical examples and the policy context of shore-side power facilities and how to ensure a transformation to a greener shipping and cruise industry in the Baltic Sea Region.
Among others, the list of speakers included Danish Minister of Environment, Mrs. Lea Wermelin, who talked about the prospects for a green re-boot of the Baltic Sea Region post covid-19; gave examples on the usage of Shore side power for cruise lines and highlighted some of the recently adopted key political initiatives to promote increased investment in Shore side power.
The conference concluded, that:
- Shore power is a sound business for ports and ship owners.
- However, scale is needed for shore power to reach its potential.
- Financing shore power facilities is possible through the EU.
- Ports play a critical role in making the Baltic Sea Region a model region for sustainable solutions in shipping.
- Political support for a more sustainable maritime business model is in place.
The conference was organized by the Danish Maritime Authority in our capacity as former chair of the Expert Group on Sustainable Maritime Economy under the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) and our work with Clean Shipping under the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea States, the Danish Ministry of Environment and the secretariat for the CBSS.