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The following was on the agenda 5th of April in Copenhagen

Moderated by: Tine Gøtszche, journalist, interviewer & TV-host

Opening & Introduction to Memorandum of Understanding

09:00 – 09:05 Introduction

09:05 – 09:20 Welcome by Lord Mayor of Copenhagen, Sophie Hæstorp Andersen

09:20 – 09:45 ”Delivering Sustainable Cruising – a presentation of the three pillars of action being taken by the
industry to deliver sustainable cruising ” by Marie-Caroline Laurent, Director General, CLIA Europe

09:45 – 10:00 Cruise Line case: ”Getting to zero emissions” by Michele Francioni, Senior VP, MSC Cruises S.A.


Social Sustainability 

10:00 – 10:40 ”The Regenerative Revolution” by Guy Bigwood, Managing Director & Chief Changemaker,
Global Destination Sustainability Movement

10:40 – 11:00 BREAK

11:00 – 11:15 ”The local perspective on cruise tourism” by Erling Mathiassen, Chairman of local citizens’ group,
Old Stavanger, Norway

11:15 – 11:35 Case study: ”Dubrovnik Respect the City” by Jelka Tepšić, Deputy Mayor, City of Dubrovnik

11:35 – 11:55 Case study: ”Airport of the future” by Søren R. Clausen, Director Public Affairs, Copenhagen Airports A/S

11:55 – 12:10 Cruise Line case by Wassim Daoud, Head of Sustainability & CSR, Ponant

12:10 – 13:00 LUNCH


Environmental Sustainability

13:00 – 13:25 Presentation by Charsten Christensen, Chairman & Board Member, Valified: A digital platform that helps small and medium-sized companies report, share and benchmark their work with sustainability and the green transition

13:25 – 13:45 ”Indicators for sustainability in the cruise industry” by Poul Sørensen, Senior Project Manager, COWI

13:45 – 14:00 ”The joint development of an at berth reporting module and performance indicator for cruise ships, as a sub-module to the existing ESI” by Henri van der Weide, Policy Advisor, Port of Amsterdam

14:00 – 14:20 BREAK

14:20 – 14:45 ”A net-zero future for the global maritime industry – what will it take and where should we start?”
By Bo Cerup-Simonsen, CEO, The Maersk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping

14:45 – 15:00 Cruise Line case by Alessandro Carollo, Director Government Relations, Royal Caribbean Group


Conference Closure

15:00 – 15:10 Cruise Lines sign the Memorandum of Understanding

15:10 – 15:30 Closing speech by Minister for Environment of Denmark, Lea Wermelin

15:30 – 15:35 Summary