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Environment Conferences & Webinars

The Port of London Authority hosts events devoted to the environment throughout the year, including the annual Environment Conference, annual Greening Inland Shipping Conference, and an Emission Reduction Workshop for Inland Operators on the tidal Thames, to share experiences and allow discussion among our stakeholders. 

Thames Vision Environment Conferences

PLA Environment Conference 2022

Catch up nowOn 1 March 2022, the PLA hosted its 6th Environment Conference focusing on climate adaptation, where speakers from the Wildlife Trusts and RSPB,  joined BPA and Lloyds Maritime Decarbonisation Hub to discuss the need to adapt while mitigating for climate impacts. The event was attended by 120 people.

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PLA Environment Webinar Series 2021

In 2021 our annual environment conference was delivered as a series of three webinars, which ran on consecutive days from 16 to 18 March 2021 and were hosted by Tanya Ferry, the PLA's head of environment.

Our webinar series took delegates from the quayside to the container ship deck, the lifeboat station to riverside habitats. Touching on themes of sustainability, innovation & change and habitats, we welcomed 16 speakers over the three webinars and more than 300 people attended the sessions.

“The webinars were a great chance for people to catch up on Thames environmental developments and learn a lot in a short time,” explained Tanya. “The overwhelming sense that came across was the commitment to sustainability across the board. This is now mainstream business practice. Projects are being developed and delivered which will make a massive difference to the Thames and our collective future.” 

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2020 Tidal Thames Environment and Heritage Conferences

‘What does Net Zero look like on the Tidal Thames for people, trade, ecology and transport?’

On Tuesday, 28 January 2020 PLA convened the fourth Tidal Thames Environment Conference at the Museum of London Docklands, where we explored the opportunities and challenges that the decarbonisation drive offers.

Initiated as part of the Thames Vision, this annual conference is part of the positive collaboration and sharing of lessons that is key to delivery of the Vision. This year we are asking the important question about a Net Zero Thames as we embark on work to scope how we at the PLA meet the Net Zero commitment.

Speakers covered new technologies with the potential for powering river transport, how river habitats can reduce environmental impacts and how valuing the environment can make significant differences.

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Previous conferences

2019: The River User’s Perspective: Using the river to bring about improvements to the environment

2018: Into the Future; through education, behaviour change and citizen science

2017: Water quality, biodiversity, the uptake of new and green technologies, and appreciation of the historic environment

Greening Inland Shipping Conferences

The annual event, started in 2019, is developed for all stakeholders interested in the greening of inland shipping operations.

In the past we have welcomed vessel operators, companies contracting for shipping operations, equipment manufacturers, policy makers, researchers & developers, monitoring service providers, and students and academics to attend and participate.

Greening Inland Shipping 2022

Catch up now. On 7 March 2022, the PLA co-hosted a panel event with KTN, who helped us issue a call for a zero emission berth innovation. During the online session, solution providers showcased technologies that have the potential to help meet net zero goals. Our panellists -- who represented the typical vessels on the Thames -- included Kurt Cowdery from Cemex, John Spencer from GPS, Andrew Osbourne from the PLA and Tom Woods from Silver Fleet. KTN also set out different technological challenges and likely funding sources in 2022.

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Greening Inland Shipping 2020

A year after the Thames’ first Greening Inland Shipping Conference & Exhibition, we gathered leading experts to examine progress, announced a #PledgetoNetZero and launched the Thames Green Scheme to encourage good environmental practice among inland operators.

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Greening Inland Shipping 2019

The first Greening Inland Shipping exhibition and conference provided a unique platform in London for researchers, vessel operators and technology providers to come together. Together, we explored and exchanged on what is needed, and what existing, and what new technology can achieve. The free conference and exhibition was part of London International Shipping Week 2019.

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