13. 07. 2011

Sustainable Shipping Awards

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Awards Schemes can act as a barometer of levels of activity in any particular sector. The case of the EcoBuild exhibition provides the best possible example: when it launched 6 years ago, there were just a few green building aficionados huddled together surrounded by a handful of rather forlorn exhibition stalls. Last year, 41,000 people attended.

Attending the third annual Sustainable Shipping Awards on Thursday last week, I found myself wondering where it would be in the next 6 years. It’s already a pretty impressive bash, and at the end of the evening 170 people had enthusiastically honoured the achievements of eight organisations (and individuals) for their contribution to sustainable shipping.

The sponsors (Petromedia and a host of the “good guys” we regularly come into contact with through our Sustainable Shipping Initiative) have produced a brilliant little booklet featuring all the submissions, not just the eventual winners. www.sustainableshipping.com

The Award for the Sustainable Shipping Operator of the Year went (very fittingly) to Maersk Line, about which I made the following comment:

“A richly deserved Award! More and more people now look to Maersk Line for clear and consistent leadership, and Forum for the Future is delighted to be working with Maersk colleagues through our Sustainable Shipping Initiative”.

And the Award for the outstanding contribution for Sustainable Shipping went to a guy called Andreas Chrysostomou – who just happens to be the Chair of the Marine Environmental Protection Committee at the International Maritime Organisation, which just happens to be meeting all this week in London with a very crunchy agenda on climate change and other key sustainability issues. Let’s hope he has been suitably inspired by his Award!

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