What is the Blue Economy Hall?

Nor-Shipping 2019 introduces “Blue Economy” in Hall A, where tomorrow’s business solutions meets today, connecting the dots to the 2017 concept of Disruptive Sustainability.

Blue Economy is the term to describe sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth, improved livelihoods and jobs, and ocean ecosystem health. For the shipping- and maritime industry, sustainable use of ocean resources is no longer the remit or responsibility of other ocean industries, but an imperative for responsibly sustaining and growing their own business.

Showcasing tomorrow’s business solutions today
Nor-Shipping 2017 saw the launch of Disruptive Sustainability, with an entire exhibition hall dedicated to showcasing solutions with potential to disrupt the industry, while supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This concept exhibition featured trailblazers from maritime mixing with innovators from the tech sector and wider business area, promoting benefits of new technologies, business models and new ways of working together. Last year, organisations including Siemens, ABB, DNB, KONGSBERG Digital, DNV GL and NCE Maritime Cleantech seized the opportunity to share insights and engage with over 30,000 visiting delegates.

In 2019 hall A will be dedicated to Blue Economy, the world’s first dedicated commercial platform for maritime opportunities supporting all 17 SDGs, to showcase tomorrow’s business solutions already today.

Exploring maritime ocean opportunities
Focus areas for the Blue Economy hall are based on the DNV GL opportunity report “Sustainable Development Goals – Exploring Maritime Opportunities – 2016”. By assessing how the maritime industry can positively impact the 17 SDGs, five opportunity areas have been proposed, including “a sustainable ocean economy”, “sustainable infrastructure”, “decarbonization”, “protection of ocean life” and the development and implementation of “responsible practices”.

New business models and new ways of collaboration are needed for maritime to take the lead in the quest for a thriving and sustainable ocean economy. With this initiative, Nor-Shipping wants to enable a faster market up-take of solutions benefitting the maritime industry as well as our oceans, and to generate dialogue and ideation between maritime and ocean industries.

The Opening Oceans Conference , which was delivered in Copenhagen in May this year, will have a continuation in the Blue Economy hall, building further on the future-focused new business opportunities for the maritime industry, in the wider ocean space.

There will be a repeat of the ‘Disruptive Talks’ program that proved so popular in 2017, but under the new name “Blue Talks”. New features are the Think Tanks for focused roundtable discussions dwelling specific problems, now with larger space for audience than at the Opening Oceans Conference, and a Start-up Lounge to connect industry professionals with the fast-moving maritime startup communities.

The Blue Economy hall will be an interactive experience for visitors as well as exhibitors, where smart design will enable and facilitate meaningful dialogue and effective insight. The Blue Economy hall aspires to provide impact and gravitas to one of the biggest challenges of our time; developing and sustaining a healthy business operating the ocean space, whilst safeguarding the sustained health of our oceans.

Do not wait to voice your interest!
Blue Economy hall will be officially launched in third quarter 2018, but don’t hesitate to submit your notification of interest already now, whether as an exhibitor, startup, think tanker or potential panelist.

Please reach out to Silje Bareksten, Head of Sustainability and Technology, at silje@nor-shipping.com for further information.

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