PEMA nods innovation roadmap to green ports of the future

The Port Equipment Manufacturers Association (PEMA) has expressed its support for the “MAGPIE” initiative, which sets out how innovation can achieve green ports of the future by 2050 through technological innovation.

“PEMA believes the MAGPIE proposal will deliver a roadmap towards green ports of the future by 2050 and would therefore like to give our warmest possible recommendation of support for this important cross-disciplinary innovation action,” PEMA President, Ottonel Popesco, wrote in a statement.

“We are excited about the new and innovative technologies that are being demonstrated within the MAGPIE project. Furthermore, we would be delighted to share the results of the project in our network. It is vital to ensure that new, innovative technologies that reduce environmental impact receive the necessary support to come to market. We must all work together to combat the environmental challenges we face,” he added.

PEMA’s key focus areas are the environment, safety, security, and performance – areas that align with the MAGPIE initiative’s focus areas. PEMA represents the interests of more than 125 port equipment and technology suppliers worldwide, providing a platform to inform, educate and promote best practices both within the industries it serves and with port and terminal operators and other key stakeholders.

The MAGPIE initiative is part of Horizon 2020, the EU’s largest research and innovation programme to date, backed by some EUR 80 billion of funding, which calls for the building of a “low-carbon, climate-resilient future”.

In another development, PEMA President, Ottonel Popesco, is to moderate a major industry webinar devoted to exploring how disruptive technologies can drive sustainable port development and operations, and thereby improve safety and reduce environmental impact across the maritime supply chain.

“What are the technologies that will enable the global ports and terminals sector make a step-change in sustainability? And how can these technologies be best implemented? We will explore these and related issues during this event,” PEMA President, Ottonel Popesco said.

The webinar will be held on the Zoom video conferencing service on Friday, March 5, 2021.

The webinar will include keynote presentations from leading industry figures including Jon Arnup, founder and CEO of Trent Ports Group; Aldo Ferrufino, Port Solutions Director, Jacobs, Pieter Boshoff, CEO Remy InfoSource; Jay Pandya, Director IGO Solutions; Dr. Rafiq Swash, founder and CEO Aidrivers

The event is sponsored by Trent Port Services, leading ports and maritime service provider Jacobs; industrial services provider iSpec; business solutions provider IGO Solutions, and autonomous mobility solutions provider Aidrivers.

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