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Boosting greenhouse gas reduction - panel discussion & roundtables

Welcome and thank you for registering to the executive leadership panel and roundtable discussions.

The spirit of this exclusive event ​is to provide a platform for leading European industrial and logistic players around greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction.

During this half day you will exchange with your peers on how to tackle such challenges and the concrete solutions developed. In particular executive board members of industrial companies will provide exclusive insights on how they realized their sustainability transformation in terms of GHG reduction.

Who will attend

Senior executives from different industries will attend the panel and roundtable discussions to share experiences and ideas on key topics related to sustainability (not exhaustive list).


08:00 – 09:00 am WELCOME breakfast at Lobby
09:00 – 09:10 am OPENING by Marcia de Troyer, Vice President, EFESO Group
09:10 – 09:30 am KEYNOTE SPEECH by Jacques Vandermeiren, CEO, Port of Antwerp Bruges: From one of Europe´s leading industrial port to “Green energy hub”
09:30 – 10:40 am PANEL DISCUSSION (starting a sustainability transformation journey; biggest hurdles & levers; funding)
10:40 – 11:00 am BREAK – Networking session
11:00 – 12:30 pm ROUNDTABLES (to be chosen by the attendees)
12:30 – 12:40 pm CLOSING by Jacques Vandermeiren & Marcia de Troyer
12:40 onwards LUNCH at Lobby

Roundtable discussions

Please select your 2 roundtable topics, our aim is let you participate in your first 2 choices. But for practical reasons kindly indicate a 3rd option as well.

  • Roundtable: Green Energy

    Realizing a company-wide Energy Efficiency and CO2 savings program for a leading industrial group in the process industry. Initially a CO2 reduction context but external crisis brought the need for acceleration and support from outside to tackle 40 sites.

    Participate in this roundtable if you want to gain insights on:

    • How to set up an in-house Energy / CO2 savings program
    • Key challenges and best practices in Industrial Energy Savings
    Select your preferred roundtable
  • Roundtable: Green Breakthrough Innovation

    OQ Chemicals has set itself the goal of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030. To achieve this ambitious goal, OQ Chemicals partnered with EFESO to conduct a novel, breakthrough innovation process.

    Participate in this roundtable if you want to gain insights on:

    • How to set up a breakthrough innovation process in a highly complex environment with many interdependencies and limited predictability
    • Specific breakthrough innovative solutions
    Select your preferred roundtable
  • Roundtable: Setting up a recycling ecosystem

    Through a partnership of 3 parties and technological innovation, it was possible for ETEX to move from down-cycling to recycling, and evolve to a profitable business model for the 3 business parties. This case has been preselected to be presented on the World Economic Forum of Davos 2023.

    Participate in this roundtable if you want to gain insights on:

    • How to set up a successful collaboration to valorize waste, to develop new technologies
    • Key challenges, and best practices in setting up a recycling ecosystem
    Select your preferred roundtable
  • Roundtable: Making the right capex investments, taking cost and GHG into account

    Capital expenditures become increasingly relevant for carbon footprint optimization, as such proper methods and tools taking cost and greenhouse gas aspects into consideration become crucial for decision making.

    Participate in this roundtable if you want to gain insights on:

    • How to tackle CAPEX challenges utilizing best practice analytics on product cost and carbon
    • Cost / GHG considerations and tradeoffs to support CAPEX planning
    Select your preferred roundtable


Jacques has been CEO of the Port of Antwerp Bruges since January 2017. Until January 2015, he was CEO at listed Belgian power grid operator Elia, where he held various leadership roles since joining in 2001. Prior to that, Vandermeiren spent eleven years as Senior Advisor Strategy Direction at energy company Electrabel.


CEO, Port of Antwerp Bruges
As Executive Vice President, Dr. Christoph Balzarek is responsible for Corporate Development, Sustainability and Innovation at OQ Chemicals. Previously, he headed the technology center of the energy company OQ, which was newly founded in 2020.

Dr. Christoph

EVP, OQ Chemicals
Veerle has nearly 30 years of experience in various leadership roles in Europe and in the United States. She has a proven track record in business development, operations management as well as in general and portfolio management in the electronics, aviation, oil and gas, steel and chemicals markets.


Bernard gained over 30 years of experience gained across the aerospace, postal, telco, consulting and manufacturing industries. He has a track record in strategic transformation, leading large teams and managing complex relations with unions. Mr. Delvaux joined Etex as Co-CEO in 2021, and as of January 2022, he holds the role of the CEO.


CEO, Etex Group
Marcia is Vice President and co-lead of the Sustainability global practice at EFESO. She has over 20+ years of experience in designing and implementing large-scale transformation programs across a set of industries with substantial and sustainable business impact.

de Troyer

SVP EFESO, Moderator

Reaching climate neutrality by 2050

Watch the video we developed as part of our collaboration with OQ Chemicals which has been a challenging but positive journey to reach climate neutrality by 2050.



The discussions will be hosted at Port Authority of Port of Antwerp-Bruges

Zaha Hadidplein 1
2000 Antwerpen, Belgium

Location on Google maps


Free parking on ‘Straatsburgdok-Zuidkaai’ – located next to restaurant ‘Het Pomphuis’.

Local transportation

Venus also accessible via tram 24 direction of Silsburg-Havenhuis (last stop of the line).

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