The European Blue Economy conference featured over 150 delegates and a notably diverse forum of speakers. The conference successfully explored concepts, ideas, challenges and opportunities on the role that technology and innovation can play in supporting a sustainable blue economy in Europe.

Event Overview

The Blue Economy sectors play an integral role in the transformation of Europe’s future economy, and help support the EU meet its ambitions set out in the European Green Deal.

This conference will bring together policymakers, local government and industry representatives from the marine, maritime, shipping and technology sectors to explore how Europe can lead the way towards a sustainable blue economy.

The conference will carefully consider the role of technology and innovation in achieving this goal, whilst driving economic growth for all. This includes the harnessing of marine and off-shore renewable energy; solutions to reduce ocean plastics and waste; and accelerating the digital and green transformation of the shipping and maritime industry.


“We should join forces, be creative and find solutions to preserve the health of the oceans and sea…to unite all groups, all sectors, around a single vision. We want all blue economy players to align themselves to the same principles, replacing unchecked expansion with clean, climate-proof and sustainable activities that tread lightly on the marine environment”

~ EU Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries

~ Virginjus Sinkevičius

Key Themes

Harnessing Marine and Off-Shore Renewable Energy for a Climate Neutral Future​
The Green and Digital Transformation of the Shipping and Maritime Industry
Solutions to Remove Ocean Plastic Pollution

Confirmed speakers

Virginijus Sinkevičius

EU Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries

European Commission
Hon. Aaron Farrugia

Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects

Government of Malta
Jason Liberty

President and Chief Executive Officer

Royal Caribbean Group
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Josianne Cutajar MEP

Vice-Chair SEArica,
Group S&D

European Parliament
Ujhelyi MEP
István Ujhelyi MEP

Vice-Chair TRAN Committee; Group S&D

European Parliament
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Paloma Aba Garrote

Director, The European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA)

European Commission
Eric Banel
Eric Banel

Director General, Maritime Affairs, Fisheries, and Aquaculture (DGAMPA)

Government of France
Delilah Al Khudhairy

Director for Maritime Policy and Blue Economy, DG MARE

European Commission
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Kaupo Läänerand

Deputy Secretary General for Maritime, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications

Government of Estonia
Emma Cobos

Director of Innovation and Business Strategy

Port of Barcelona
Daniela Cedola
Daniela Cedola


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Markus Müller

Chief Investment Officer ESG & Global Head of Chief Investment Office

Deutsche Bank
Veronica Manfredi

Director, Zero Pollution, DG ENV

European Commission
Torben Hartz

Government and Real Estate sector, Corporate Finance Partner

EY Nordic
Annika Kroon
Annika Kroon

Head of Unit, Maritime Transport & Logistics

European Commission
Paul Holthus

Founding President & CEO

The World Ocean Council
Monique Giese

Global Head of Shipping

KPMG Germany
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Thomas Desnijder

Energy Transition and Sustainability

North Sea Port
Katarina Wallin Bureau

Managing Partner

RISE Purpose
Joachim Balke

Head of Unit, Infrastructure and Regional Cooperation, DG ENER

European Commission
Daniel Meyer
Daniel Meyer

Managing Director

Hydrogenious LOHC Maritime
Christina Wunder
Christina Wunder


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Jim Corbett

Environmental Director, Europe

World Shipping Council
Anne Marieke Eveleens


The Great Bubble Barrier
Peter Schild
Peter Schild

Managing Director Sustainability

Rika Nakazawa

Author & Technologist

Conference Rapporteur
Antti Tooming
Antti Tooming

Deputy Secretary General, Ministry of Environment

Government of Estonia
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Arnas Liauksminas

Attaché for Environment

Permanent Representation of Lithuania to the EU
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Wassim Daoud

Head of CSR and Sustainability

Andrey Novakov
Andrey Novakov MEP


European Parliament
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Joachim Balke

Head of Unit, Infrastructure and Regional Cooperation, DG ENER

European Commission
Paloma Aba Garrote

Director, The European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA)

European Commission

World Ocean Council


To discuss ways to share your story and join the day’s activities, please contact:

Tom | +44 (0) 7785 795 015.

Event Partners

Knowledge Partner


Methanol Fuel Partner


Platinum Partner

Maritime Partner

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Associate Partner


Strategic Partner


Supporting Partners

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Accommodation Partner


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If you are interested in becoming an event partner, please contact:

Simon Hayman at or +44 (0) 7949 349 328.

If you are interested in becoming an event partner, please contact:

Simon (0) 7949 349 328.

This conference supports the Sustainable Development Goals

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Event Venue

Stanhope Hotel. Brussels . Belgium


For more information on any aspect of this event, please contact Tom Chinnock using any of the details below:

Tel: +44 (0) 7785 795 015

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