More than 250 high profile summit participants met in the DNV GL maritime headquarters in Hamburg. The future of EUâChina relations, the countryâs investment in Europe as well as sustainable growth and environmental protection in the Chinese economy were some of the topics on the agenda at the sixth Hamburg Summit on 10 and 11 October.
âWe are committed to China and will continue to strengthen this commitment in the future. Our vision is to have a global impact for a safe and sustainable future. To achieve this, we need a global collaboration. That is why it is so encouraging to be a part of the Hamburg Summitâ?, Knut írbeck-Nilssen, President Maritime at DNV GL, said in his address.
A common focus on increasing sustainability by using greener energy sources has become an instrumental part of the cooperation between East and West. In the maritime sector, there are many joint projects underway as well. DNV GL has just signed an agreement with Sinopacific shipyard for a series of ethane-fuelled carriers, which emit significantly less carbon than diesel-powered vessels. Using liquefied natural gas (LNG) as ship fuel is about to become another integral part of Chinaâs low-carbon strategy. Even though balancing sustainable economic growth and environmental protection remains a challenge, írbeck-Nilssen stressed that this is achievable.