Wed, May. 19, 2021
9 am - 12 pm
(GMT-05:00) America/Chicago



The COVID-19 pandemic and other disasters, both natural and man-made, have made clear the need for a resilient global supply chain. The global supply chain is the world’s circulatory system and determines the overall economic health of nations and the world — future prosperity depends upon the efficient flow of freight. To address the latest developments and vulnerabilities in the international freight system, the Baker Institute Center for Energy Studies and Port Houston co-hosted the first Houston Global Freight Summit. The event was held virtually across two days and featured over a dozen speakers — including key executives of ports, shippers, ocean carriers, railroads, trucking firms and fuel suppliers. Experts in resilience, transportation policy and the environment also described their research, giving special attention to infrastructure improvements.

On day two, experts addressed the challenge of moving freight around the world in a lower-carbon environment. How can freight be moved in a way that maximizes efficiency and significantly minimizes the carbon footprint of each transport mode?

For a detailed agenda, please scroll down. Click here for information and the video for day one.

The Global Freight Summit was organized by Ed Emmett, Baker Institute fellow in energy and transportation policy, and was co-sponsored by the Baker Institute Center for Energy Studies and Port Houston. Follow @CES_Baker_Inst on Twitter, and join the conversation online with #BakerFreight.

To view the entire day, please click below: 

Session 1

Session 2

Session 3

Agenda — Day 2

9:00 am

Setting the Stage

Kenneth B. Medlock III, Ph.D.
James A. Baker, III, and Susan G. Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics; Senior Director, Center for Energy Studies, Baker Institute

9:20 am

Armchair Discussion: The Role of Renewable Fuels in Moving Freight

Jeremy Baines
President, Neste U.S.

10:00 am

Panel III: Future Changes for Ocean Shipping

Moderated by: Roger Guenther, Executive Director, Port Houston

Jacques Vendermerien
CEO, Port of Antwerp

Scott Krantzcke
Managing Director, Atlantic, G2 Ocean

11:00 am

Panel IV: Lower-Carbon Options for Moving Freight

Moderated by: Rachel A. Meidl, LP.D., CHMM, Fellow in Energy and Environment, Baker Institute

James J. Corbett, Ph.D.
Environmental Director, Europe, World Shipping Council

John P. Lovenburg 
Vice President, Environment, BNSF Railway

Narin Phol
President and Managing Director, Maersk North America

11:50 am

Closing Remarks

Ed Emmett
Fellow in Energy and Transportation Policy, Baker Institute

Roger Guenther,
Executive Director, Port Houston



Wed, May. 19, 2021
9 am - 12 pm
(GMT-05:00) America/Chicago