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OF 2022






In this thematic block, particular attention is paid to global trends in Sustainable Port Governance with the Triple Bottom Line (social, financial and environmental) approach.

Today, beyond maritime freight transport, the role of ports also creates concern about the multi-modal supply chain, such that ports have become hubs of energy, industry and the blue economy.

. These actions are carried out along with other stakeholders of the port system, be it with other ports or with the rest of the ecosystem’s stakeholders. Today, transparency and sustainability are integrated into corporate social governance.

At the first Congress in Bilbao on Sustainable Ports, we want to present international examples that are included among the most advanced projects in sustainable port governance trends, develop a single sustainability report on the entire port community, and look at what are the new challenges we will face in this changing, challenging world.
Sharing knowledge, experiences.


Healthy companies in port companies.

Beyond medical examinations and risk prevention, we ask ourselves what we can do in port communities to achieve being a HEalthy and Resilient Organisation (HERO). We aspire to achieve “an organisation that carries out systematic, planned and proactive efforts to improve its psychosocial and financial health, through healthy practices and resources to improve at the level of tasks, social and organisational environment, particularly in situations of crises and sudden changes”.

Starting from that academic view of the healthy and resilient organisation, it will be shown to and discussed with the different public workplace health administrations. What is the path and the most recommendable ways for port companies to move towards advanced management?

The challenge is the creation of a workplace that protects, promotes and supports the physical, mental, social and cultural well-being of workers, their families and the community it is in.


A resistant and financially safe world is not possible without a healthy and regenerating ocean.

According to Charlotte de Fontaubert, Global Lead for the Blue Economy at The World Bank, climate change causes damaging alterations in the oceans, among which are increased temperature, rising sea levels and acidification.

Climate resilience, decarbonisation strategies, mitigation and the energy transition in the port sector will be the topics to discuss in this section.

The section will be focused on the observation of climate change, the effects it is having on society and on the Planet, and the way in which both ports and maritime businesses are responding to their demands. Climate adaptation and resilience in the port sector, the reduction of physical risks caused by climate change, its effect on assets, new investments in development such as decarbonisation, the generation of green fuel or the search for new fuels are topics that will be dealt with in this section of the congress.


Port community stakeholders (authorities, municipalities, companies and workers) can develop synergies to solve collective problems inside and outside the port area. Issues such as bottlenecks at the hinterland entrances and exits, training and education, new technologies, marketing and promotion, innovation and internationalisation are fundamental aspects on which a discussion is demanded. Likewise, port community agents must make an effort to dialogue with interest groups in cities, with the aim of offering inter-related innovative services that contribute towards the attractiveness and resilience of port cities.

Potential topics in this area will be: the management of interest groups, the creation of sustainability reports and dossiers, analysis of the impact on the community, city-port relations, employment, education, territorial planning, nature in ports, port culture or the externalities of port operations…

 Main Conference

Gunter Pauli

Born in Antwerp, Belgium.

He is «The Steve Jobs of sustainability» according to The Huffington Post.

Economist, entrepreneur and author. Dedicated to the radical transformation of business and society.

During the last 25 years, Gunter Pauli has supported more than 200 innovative projects related to improving the planet.

He is currently an advisor for the Government of Argentina and the Government of Kazakhstan to design a sustainable economic growth strategy.

Gunter Pauli has published 22 books and more than 200 articles in the press and scientific journals. He is the author of the book “The Blue Economy”. This concept is notable for imitating the behaviour of natural ecosystems. The Blue Economy philosophy is based on three principles:

  1. Be inspired by nature
  2. Change the rules of the game
  3. Focus on what is available locally

In addition, he has received many awards over the years:

Fellow of the Rotary International Foundation, USA. (1980) (1980)

– One of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World by the Junior Chamber International (1983)

– Global Leader of Tomorrow, World Economic Forum – Davos, Switzerland (1993)

– Honorary citizen of Salzburg, Kobe, Osaka and Buenos Aires


Javier Cortés Fernández

Position:   International Consultant for the localization of the 2030 Agenda in cities and territories. Founding Partner of Coop&Co and […]

Arjen van Tilborg

Arjen joined the Port of Rotterdam Authority in 2014 and became part of the organisation’s Social Innovation team in 2020. […]

Rocío López Picón

Port Authority of Huelva. Head of the Environmental Division. A degree in Environmental Sciences, Doctorate Programme in Environmental Engineering, Masters […]

Carola Hein

Carola Hein is Professor and Chair, History of Architecture and Urban Planning at Delft University of Technology, Professor at Leiden […]

Idoia Postigo

Idoia Postigo (Barakaldo-Bizkaia, 1970), Director-General of the Bilbao Metropoli-30 Association. Author of numerous publications. Degree in Political Science (specialised in […]


As Director of Sustainable Marine Operations, Steven leads the Port of London Authority’s marine operations teams, which includes environment, marine […]

Iñigo Losada

Iñigo Losada is a Professor of the University of Cantabria School of Civil Engineering and Research Director of IHCantabria, where […]

Heidi Neilson

Heidi Neilson is the Head of Planning and Environment at the Port of Oslo Neilson holds a master degree in […]

José Ignacio Parra Santiago

PhD from the Polytechnic University of Madrid and Road, Canal, and Port Engineer Master’s Degree (Technical Higher School of Road, […]


A degree in Medicine and Surgery from the Autonomous University of Madrid; Specialist in Occupational Medicine through MIR; Advanced Occupational […]


She is a Business Lawyer by the University of Deusto with a long professional career in the field of People […]

Carlos Castillo

He holds a Degree in Chemical Sciences, with extensive experience in a variety of fields of environmental sustainability; among others […]

Jerónimo Maqueda Blasco

He is a Doctor Specialised in Occupational Medicine, holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health, specialising in Epidemiology, and a […]

José Manuel Pagés Sánchez

Dr. José Manuel Pagés Sánchez is the Director of the AIVP Agenda 2030, Projects and Content in AIVP (International Association […]

Joseba Gotzon Calvo Larrondo

Joseba Gotzon Calvo Larrondo is an occupational health nurse and carries out his professional activity in the Port Authority of […]

Maritime Sisters

We are the Maritime Sisters and we are on a mission to propel the transition to a sustainable maritime future. We challenge […]


Phd in Philosophy and Educational Sciences. Master in Leisure and Human Potential. Graduated in History and Geography. Diploma in Archaeology. […]

Sofie Coppens

Environmental and CSR Policy Advisor– Chamber of Commerce Antwerpen-Waasland -Alfaport. Sofie Coppens started her professional career in 1999 in the […]

Tommaso Spanevello

Head of European Affairs – HAROPA PORT Tommaso Spanevello is responsible for European Affairs at HAROPA PORT, the major river-sea […]

Miguel Vieira de Castro

Port of Sines– Portugal Born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1967 and the proud father of three sons.   In 1990 […]

Antonis Michail

Dr Antonis Michail is an engineer in background with 18 years of professional experience on port environmental and sustainability management. […]

Félix Peinado

Félix Peinado took office as the Director of the ILO in Spain on 1 October 2021. He holds a Degree […]

Alberto Ojanguren Bergaz

He holds a Degree in Medicine and Surgery by the University of the Basque Country, a Diploma in Occupational Medicine […]

Alberto Camarero Orive

PhD from the Polytechnic University of Madrid and Road, Canal and Port Engineer (Technical Higher School of Road, Canal and […]

Aitor Arzuaga

Aitor Arzuaga (1975) is a Telecommunications Engineer from ETSIIT in Bilbao (1999), and Executive MBA from Deusto Business School (2012). […]

Dr. Jan Hoffmann

Chief, Trade Logistics Branch Division on Technology and Logistics, UNCTAD Jan joined UNCTAD in 2003 and became Chief of the […]


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