Jacques VANDERMEIREN, CEO Port of Antwerp, heeft de Haven van Antwerpen een essentiële rol toegewezen in deze transitieperiode. Dit deed hij op het forum in Davos. Lees hierna zijn verhaal.

Partnerships are key to sustainable transition

  • Gepubliceerd op 24 januari 2020
  • Jacques Vandermeiren – CEO Port of Antwerp

A few thoughts after spending the last couple days at the World Economic Forum in Davos. 

Climate issues are the number one topic on both the political and economic agenda. We need to accelerate the transition to a low carbon economy. Our governments could be a great help in stimulating this acceleration by investing more in research on new technologies. The European Union is currently leading by example with its green deal and the decisive action of European Commission chairman Von Der Leyen.  

Besides the important role of governments, partnerships are the key to success. Partnerships  between different stakeholders like companies, governments and international institutions. Whether it concerns the fight against climate change, the sustainability of business operations or the innovation of technological developments, collaboration will pave the way to transition! We absolutely need to find more and better ways to cooperate and support each other in this process. 

Ports can play an essential role in this transition. We are no longer just importing and exporting goods. We are, more than ever, also concerned with social matters and sustainability. During one of the Davos meetings I explained that, by means of our ambitious CSR project and roadmap, Port of Antwerp wants to break free from the image of the traditional ‘infrastructure manager’ and be a proactive community builder instead. That way we can be the lever for a sustainable future.

From left to right: Jacques Vandermeiren,  Nikil Seth,  Noa Gafni Slaney & Carlos Brito
From left to right: Jacques Vandermeiren, Nikil Seth, Noa Gafni Slaney & Carlos Brito