JPAC Public Forum on the Role of Ports in Fighting Climate Change: “Moving the needle toward industry decarbonization”

Hybrid Event
Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel
1919 Upper Water Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
B3J 3J5

December 1, 2022


As points of intersection between land and sea, ports are vital, strategic infrastructures playing a key role in supporting local and global economies and handling around 80% of global trade. From vessels to trains, trucks, cranes, fuel supply systems, and renewable energy, ports are ecosystems in themselves in which a multitude of actors are involved.

At the same time, the convergence of activities at ports comes with several negative environmental impacts to air, water, land and the surrounding communities, many of which are already subject to multiple sources of pollution. This connector role, as well as their impacts on the environment and the communities in which they operate, place ports in a unique position to act as decarbonization hubs, support energy transition, and contribute to improving environmental conditions in local communities.

North American ports are strategically positioned to lead environmental initiatives that support the three countries’ climate commitments. Achieving this will require cross-sectorial collaboration across the value-chain and between private and public organizations.

This JPAC hybrid forum will serve as a platform to bring together stakeholders from all sectors to discuss the role of ports, as well as to identify the building blocks that could support accelerated decarbonization of the North American economy. Industry representatives, NGOs, government representatives, and academia will join the forum to discuss green ports and green shipping corridors, as well as the social and environmental justice dimensions of port activities and their transition toward industry decarbonization.

Public participants will be invited to ask questions or share comments as part of each panel and for the public engagement session via Slido, using #JPAC2022 as the event code.

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Thursday, 1 December 2022

Time Zone: Atlantic Time (UTC-4)

Room Acadia ABC

Registration of Public Participants


Welcoming Remarks

Richard Paul
Chief Operating Officer, Membertou First Nation Corporate Division


Opening Remarks

Louie Porta
JPAC Chair


Welcoming Remarks

Jorge Daniel Taillant
CEC Executive Director


Federal Address

Andy Fillmore
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry of Canada


Provincial Address

Timothy Halman
Minister of Environment and Climate Change of Nova Scotia


The Role of Ports in Climate Mitigation

Climate change impacts are expected to cause or intensify several climate-related hazards that can pose considerable risks to ports. At the same time, ports themselves are a source of GHG emissions and local air pollution that impact not only the climate, but also near-port communities, many of which already suffer from multiple sources of pollution.

During this session, invited speakers will discuss the many social and environmental facets of port activities as well as their potential role in climate mitigation, whether linked to port operations themselves or how they can contribute to global emission reduction efforts.

Antonio Santos
Federal Climate Policy Director, Pacific Environment

Daniel Dagenais
Vice President, Port Performance and Sustainable Development, Port of Montreal

Orlando Cabrera-Rivera
Head of Unit for Environmental Quality, Commission for Environmental Cooperation

Octaviana V. Trujillo
JPAC member




Green Shipping Corridors as a Tool for Industry Decarbonization

The maritime transportation industry is responsible for 2-3% of global GHG emissions and by 2050, these levels are expected to grow some 50%, if business continues as usual. Recently, the concept of green shipping corridors has emerged as a way to help accelerate industry decarbonization on specific shipping routes. The concept gained momentum in 2021 at COP 26, with the launch of the Clydebank Declaration for Green Shipping Corridors, which seeks to establish at least six green shipping corridors by 2050, and to which Canada and the United States are signatories.

During this session, invited speakers will discuss how green shipping corridors can act as a tool to decarbonize the maritime transportation sector as well as the role of ports and the status of current initiatives.

Alisa Kreynes
Deputy Director, Ports and Shipping, C40 Cities

Salomon Diaz
Coordinator for the Decarbonization of Ports, WWF – Mexico

Michael Berube
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Sustainable Transportation, US Department of Energy

Brennan Sydor
Energy & Sustainability Consultant, Arup

Louie Porta
JPAC chair

Room Annapolis

Lunch [Provided]


Zero Emission Fuels and Infrastructure

To support the transition of maritime transportation to industry decarbonization, zero emission fuels and the supporting refueling infrastructure will need to be developed and made available. During this session, guest speakers will discuss options for zero emission fuels, as well as their status and the potential of ways to increase their uptake.

Allan Gray
President and CEO, Halifax Port Authority

Xiaoli Mao
Senior Researcher, International Council on Clean Transportation

José Álvarez Rosas
Environmental and Energy Sector Consultant

Lee Kindberg
PhD, Head of Environment & Sustainability North America, Maersk
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Jeff Grant
Vice President, Transportation Solutions, HTEC

Robert W. Varney
JPAC member


Report from the National and Governmental Advisory Committee Representatives on the Role of Ports in Fighting Climate Change

Andy Carey
US National Advisory Committee Chair

Marina Brock
US Governmental Advisory Committee Chair




Environmental and Social Justice Dimensions of Ports

While ports support and benefit local, regional, and national economies through job creation and the transportation of goods, port operations also generate several negative local impacts, such as air, water, light, and noise pollution. During this session, invited speakers will discuss how ports and local stakeholders can work together to increase the wellbeing and prosperity of their communities.

Sabaa Khan
PhD, Director General, Quebec and Atlantic Canada, David Suzuki Foundation

Heather Kryczka
Staff Attorney, Environment, Equity & Justice Center, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Heather Tomley
Managing Director of Planning and Environmental Affairs, Port of Long Beach

Andrew Espinoza Rhodes
Ocean Coordinator, Undersecretariat for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights, Secretariat of External Affairs of Mexico

Esteban Escamilla Prado
JPAC member


Overview of SEM Process and Dialogue

Paolo Solano
Director, Submissions on Enforcement Matters and Legal Unit
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Public Engagement

During this session, JPAC members will open the floor to members of the public, participating in-person or virtually, to provide input on the Public Forum’s theme, “The Role of Ports in Fighting Climate Change.” via Slido, using #JPAC2022 as the event code. This will provide the opportunity for participants to provide recommendations or highlight elements not discussed that should be considered by JPAC members as they draft their Advice to the CEC Council.


Closing Session by JPAC members


Reception at The PIER: Center for port innovation – 1209 Marginal Road, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3H 4P8 (For registered in-person participants only)


Catherine Boyd Michaud
Project Lead, Advisory Groups and Private Sector Engagement
(514) 350-4338