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Houston Global Freight Summit 2021 Day 2 — Moving Freight in a Low-Carbon World

Houston Global Freight Summit 2021 Day 2 — Moving Freight in a Low-Carbon World

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 are co-hosting the first Houston Global Freight Summit. The event will be held virtually across two days and will feature 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 will also describe their research, giving special attention to infrastructure improvements.

On day two, experts will address 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 and to register for the summit, please scroll down. Click here for information on day one.

The Global Freight Summit is organized by Ed Emmett, Baker Institute fellow in energy and transportation policy, and is 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 register, click on any session in the engagement hub and enter your details. To attend other sessions, please select the items you are interested in and click “sign me up.” You will not need to enter your details again.

After registering for your chosen sessions, you will receive a confirmation email one day before the summit with details about how to access each webinar.

Agenda — Day 2

9:00 a.m.



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 a.m.



Armchair Discussion: The Role of Renewable Fuels in Moving Freight

Jeremy Baines
President, Neste U.S.

10:00 a.m.



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 a.m.



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 a.m.



Closing Remarks

Ed Emmett
Fellow in Energy and Transportation Policy, Baker Institute

Roger Guenther,
Executive Director, Port Houston





Wed, May 19, 2021
9 a.m. - noon
(GMT-0500) US/Central


Online webinar