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For its 2015 Annual Conference, the European Sea Ports Organisation is taking you to the historic capital of Europe, Athens. Its port, the Port of Piraeus, host of the event, is the largest Greek port and Europe’s most important passenger port. Piraeus Port connects continental Greece with the islands, and is both an international cruise centre and a commercial hub for the Mediterranean, providing services for ships of all type and size.
The theme of this year’s conference is ports and energy. In May 2014, the European Commission released its energy security strategy, in which it developed a set of short- and long-term measures to ensure a stable and abundant supply of energy for European citizens and the economy. In October 2014, the European Council endorsed the 27% renewable energy and 30% energy efficiency improvement targets.
The ESPO 2015 conference aims to look at the role of ports in the changing energy policy framework. The conference will kick-off by drawing a clear picture of what is currently at stake in Europe, and the wider world. What are the most realistic energy scenarios and how will these affect transport, ports and port industries? The conference will look further at the way ports can respond and possibly benefit from these developments. How will the shift to alternative energies in maritime transport and other transport modes affect ports? To what extent can Europe’s decarbonisation agenda bring new business for ports? How can ports improve energy efficiency in their daily functioning?
The conference will also be an occasion to discuss with EU policy makers ongoing developments in the port regulation, and to engage in an exchange of views on the policy priorities of the new Commissioner of Transport, Violeta Bulc.
Conference’s contact details
Tel. +30 2310 257813