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Back to School with…One Planet Port – Session #3


Last event in a series of three evening lectures about a sustainable and just future for the port of Rotterdam, curated by One Planet Port. Taking place on Tuesday 26 March 19:00 – 21:00. Tickets for the separate events are 17,50 euro and include a simple dinner. Doors open and dinner served at 18:00. Get your tickets here

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Tickets for the separate events are 17,50 euro and include a simple dinner. Doors open and dinner served at 18:00.

Session #3 – Towards a Sustainable and Circular Port

This evening delves into envisioning the port from a planetary perspective, transcending vested interests and profit-driven paradigms. We scrutinize the potentialities, pondering how shipping, trade, and industry can embody sustainability.

We will explore innovative strategies to revolutionize shipping towards greener horizons. In the realm of trade, we scrutinize not only the volumes involved but also the evolving nature of transported goods, intricately intertwined with the uptake of renewable energy and the circular economy. As for industry, we investigate the transitioning towards a fossil-free Rotterdam industry, discerning which sectors must adapt, persist, or emerge anew to align with climate goals.

Speakers for the evening will be Lynn Vanheule of One Planet Port with a brief introduction, Lucy Gilliam of One Planet Shipping and Matthew Langdon of One Planet Trade. Finally, Inge Janse will close again the session.

Architecture for Transition of Global Trade

The port of Rotterdam holds a pivotal role in steering the momentum of change toward a sustainable global trade and transportation system. As crucial nodes in this transformation, ports serve as meeting points for global, regional, and local supply chains, facilitating the exchange of energy and materials. While these ports and their associated industries are deemed essential for the national and global economy, they are uniquely susceptible to the impacts of climate change. Despite the recognition of the imperative to align with climate targets and adhere to planetary boundaries, the pace of change has fallen short of what is dictated by these limits. This underscores the necessity for a cohesive and systemic approach to address ports, advocating for a just and equitable transition that confronts global inequities and builds local people power. 

About One Planet Port
One Planet port is a new NGO in Rotterdam. We are on a quest to accelerate the ecological transition in the port of Rotterdam, underscoring its significance as a catalyst for change in global trade and transportation. What happens in Rotterdam is on the radar of all other significant ports. An apparent small change in Rotterdam can trigger widespread effects worldwide. We are rooted in the grassroots movement. We are targeting the Port of Rotterdam and the local and national government (owning and governing the Port of Rotterdam). Our mission is to transform the port of Rotterdam to operate within all planetary boundaries and to safeguard the well-being of current and future generations. We operate with our motto Making the unseen seen.

About Lucy Gilliam
Lucy is an environmental science and policy specialist with over 20 years’ experience developing science-based policy and campaigns focused on international transport, ocean governance and ecosystem-based management. Lucy is responsible for Seas at Risk’s work on shipping and system change, the Arctic, and EU shipping advocacy.

About Inge Janse
Inge Janse is an investigative journalist, columnist and presenter. He works for the national news medium Algemeen Dagblad.


18:00 – 19:00 Doors open and dinner served
19:00 – 19:10 Welcome
19:10 – 19:30 Introduction by One Planet Only
19:30 – 20:00 Lecture by Lucy Gilliam (One Planet Shipping)
20:00 – 20:30 Lecture by Matthew Langdon (One Planet Trade)
20:30 – 20:35 Closing by Inge Janse
20:35 – 21:00 Conversation + Q&A