Once again, OceanPact was invited to take part in the largest international event to discuss the future of the planet, the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 28), which is taking place in Dubai from November 30 to December 12. COP 28 brought together heads of state, non-governmental organizations, business leaders, academics and representatives of other institutions to debate climate change, mitigation mechanisms, cooperation actions, innovation and technology, and public-private initiatives.
This is the second time that the United Nations Climate Change Conference has had a pavilion dedicated exclusively to the subject of Oceans. The CEO of OceanPact, Flavio Andrade, spoke on a panel called “Promoting a Transdisciplinary Science and Action Agenda for Ocean Sustainability in the Southern Hemisphere” on Friday, December 1. The executive talked about the role of the private sector in overcoming ocean challenges through meteorological and oceanographic data science.
OceanPact’s CEO argued that one of the main ways of protecting and sustainably using the seas is by making better use of existing assets, equipment and knowledge, as well as sharing industry data. He is also in favor of partnerships between private companies, technology parks and startups, collaboration with universities and direct investment in research and development.
Andrade also spoke about the Amapá Expedition, carried out by OceanPact in the second half of this year to assess the best ways of measuring marine currents in the “Equatorial Margin” region and to analyze possible locations for installing radar antennas capable of measuring surface currents up to 300 km away, as the company has already done in the Campos and Santos basins. These antennas could help provide in-depth knowledge of the region’s ocean and coastal dynamics, as well as increasing the speed of response to possible environmental emergencies in the area.
Flavio Andrade spoke on the panel together with Alexander Turra of the University of São Paulo; Vladimir Ryabinin of UNESCO; Cynthia Barzuna of the Ocean Action 2030 Coalition; Teofilo Abrajano, coordinator of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology; Edwin Castellanos of the Inter-American Institute for Global Charge Research; José Moutinho of the AIR Centre; and Fernando Menezes of the University of São Paulo.
OceanPact’s COO, Adriano Ranieri, also represented the company at COP 28. OceanPact took part in COP 27 last year in Egypt, where it was represented by its new business and sustainability director, Fernando Borensztein.