On 25 September 2019 the Sustainable Shipping Initiative held an event as part of Climate Week NYC. Our panelists offered their views on the role of shipping in the broader energy transition; the risks and opportunities presented by biofuels to shipping; and the question of competition for biofuels with other sectors, such as aviation, among other questions.

This event was part of SSI’s inquiry into the sustainability and availability of biofuels for shipping, which culminated in the launch of our report, The Role of Sustainable Biofuels in the Decarbonisation of Shipping, at a COP25 event in Madrid.

Moderator: Sally Uren, Chief Executive, Forum for the Future


  • John Kornerup Bang, Head of Sustainability Strategy & Chief Climate Change Advisor, A.P. Moller-Maersk
  • Lord Adair Turner, Chair, Energy Transitions Commission
  • Kirsi Tikka, Independent Non-Executive Director
  • Christine Weydig, Director, Office of Environmental and Energy Programs, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
  • Gerard Ostheimer, Managing Director below50, World Business Council for Sustainable Development
  • Manuel Pulgar Vidal, Leader of Climate & Energy Practice, WWF (former Environment Minister of Peru & President of COP20)