16:00 - 17:30 -- Auditorium 1



Today's ports and shipping sectors face enormous challenges and opportunities. With the adoption of the IMO's 2023 revised GHG strategy and the EU's Fit for 55, the shipping sector must accelerate decarbonization by transitioning from fossil fuels to zero emission fuels, and ports, which serve as important transportation hubs that provide shipping services and facilitate global trade, must secure supply of zero emission fuels and can provide incentives to ship operators with good environmental performance. 

Asia, the world’s leading maritime cargo handling centre, accounted for 42% of exports and 64% of imports (UNCTAD, Review of Maritime Transport 2022), and possessed 50 of the top one hundred container ports. As a result, Asia is one of the most critical regions that need to take action to minimize environmental impacts from the port and shipping sectors, while supporting global shipping to achieve net-zero GHG emissions by 2050 

Many studies, policies, and industry initiatives are currently underway to promote the adoption and commercialization of zero-emission fuels, with some countries taking the lead in exploring the pathways, such as the Maritime Singapore Green Initiative, the green shipping corridor between the San Pedro Bay Port Complex and Singapore, and the green shipping corridor between the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Shanghai. It is critical to enable information sharing and stakeholder discussion among Asian countries to foster Asia's decarbonization efforts. 

This session discusses the status of green ports and maritime development in Asian countries, as well as the most recent regulatory and decarbonization endeavours. Built on that, this session will discuss the solutions in Asia and create space for regional cooperation. 


The session aims to highlight opportunities for Asian countries to decarbonize ports and shipping. Participants will have the opportunity to: 

  • Gain an understanding of existing policies and efforts in Asia to reduce emissions from ports and shipping.
  • Discuss the challenges and opportunities for Asian countries under the 2023 IMO GHGs Strategy and the EU’s fit for 55. 
  • Learn about renewable energy fuels and green shipping corridor development, 
  • Investigate cooperation potentials in Asia. 


MODERATOR: Bert Fabian, Coordinator, Secretariat for EANET, UNEP

RECAP PART 1: The Moderator highlights key points from the presentations/speeches and wraps up part one.
Bert Fabian, EANET, UN 


  • Tightening GHG Regulations for International Shipping: Implications for Asian Countries 
    Huihui Cheng, Transport Program Manager, Clean Air Asia 
  • Green Energy Transition in Ports and Shipping Sector: Opportunities and Challenges
    Ninan Biju Oommen, Senior Port & Maritime Transport Specialist, The World Bank
  • Feasibility and Approach to Green Shipping Strategies
    Shane Balani, Director for Research & Projects, Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation

STAKEHOLDER DIALOGUE: How can Asia countries collaborate to accelerate decarbonization?

  • Ninan Biju Oommen, Senior Port & Maritime Transport Specialist, The World Bank
  • Shane Balani, Director of Research & Projects, Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation
  • Chris Chatterton, COO, Methanol Institute
  • Ahila Karan, Senior Decarbonisation Analyst, Lloyd’s Register (remotely, TBC)
  • Freda Fung, Consultant, Climate Works Foundation