RCI Innovations Seminar Series: Green Ports, Shipping, and Maritime Decarbonization


RCI Innovations Seminar Series: Green Ports, Shipping, and Maritime Decarbonization

24 February 2022

ADB recently commissioned a technical study on existing environmental standards and their implementation at selected regional seaports in Southeast Asia. The study covered a total of 13 seaports across three countries, Thailand, Indonesia, and Viet Nam, and examined the existing environmental regulatory setting in three areas including (i) air quality management including GHG emissions, (ii) water quality management; and (iii) solid waste disposal. The study examined the application and compliance of port management to their national environmental legislation and their approach and methodology to the expanding needs for greater coverage and compliance of environmental concerns emanating from seaport operations.

This interactive event will present key findings of the study, followed by a panel of experts discussing different aspects and examples of greening and decarbonizing ports and shipping. Registered audience members will have the opportunity to participate in the discussion by posing questions to the panel of experts.


  • Disseminate results of ADB’s Port Cities Greening Development scoping study
  • Identify opportunities for stakeholders, including multilateral development banks, to support global and regional efforts to decarbonize and green the maritime sector.
  • Further the conversation began at ADB’s Healthy Oceans Forum Spotlight Session on Green Ports that will lead to the development of a path forward for the decarbonization and greening of the maritime sector in the Asia-Pacific region.

Outcome: Participants will gain an understanding of the imperative, challenges, and opportunities for maritime decarbonization and the greening of ports and shipping.

Program and Learning Materials: 
Date Session / Activity Presentation Material Speaker(s)
24 Feb 2022 Opening Welcome and Introductions Dr. R. Duncan McIntosh, Senior Regional Maritime Specialist, Asian Development Bank
24 Feb 2022 Discussion Moderator: Dr. R. Duncan McIntosh, ADB
24 Feb 2022 Presentation 1 Port Cities Greening Development Scoping Study – Key Findings Adrian Sammons, Managing Director, AMSTEC Pty Limited

Russell Stevens, Principal Marine Scientist, O2 Marine
24 Feb 2022 Presentation 2 Blue Solutions: Reducing Maritime Transport Emissions in East and Southeast Asian Countries Nadine Bresemann, Head of Maritime Transport, PEMSEA
24 Feb 2022 Presentation 3 Financing Mechanisms and Opportunities Dr. Melissa Walsh, Program Manager, Ocean Finance Initiative, Asian Development Bank
24 Feb 2022 Presentation 4 Ports, Shipping, and Regional Connectivity Anthony Bayley, Director, Napier Consultants
24 Feb 2022 Q&A / Discussion / Audience Polls Dr. R. Duncan McIntosh, ADB
24 Feb 2022 Closing Remarks Dr. R. Duncan McIntosh, ADB


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