Inspired by the previous year´s success, on October 19th, 2023, the conference titled “Sustainable Techniques and Materials in Ports. Part 2” took place at the Escuela de Caminos (School of Civil Engineering) in Madrid. More than 130 attendees, distributed between face-to-face and on-line modalities, were able to learn first-hand about some of the concepts and materials that are being promoted today, both in port design and construction work, to reduce their carbon footprint.
Nuria Mesonero, from TYPSA’s Division of Environmental Assessment and Consulting, gave a presentation on climate resilience studies in the coastal environment, where there is a gradual increase in necessary coastline protection activities. Cristina Rosón, Sustainability Coordinator of the TYPSA Group demonstrated the general methodology to be followed to environmentally certify a project, a concept initiated in the world of building, and for which a sustained growth in civil infrastructure in general and in port infrastructures in particular, is expected.
Representatives from the Port Authority of A Coruña spoke about environmental certifiers in the port world, and later the construction world took the stage with presentations by Boskalis (improvements in maritime equipment), ADEC Global (use of steel aggregates in port infrastructures), Cemex (low emission concretes in port works), Solenis (use of flocculants in maritime works) and Econcrete (new actions in Spain with “ecological” concrete). With the help of the latter company, the day ended with a visit to the port laboratory of the Ecorel-UPM, where stability tests are currently being carried out on various parts designed by Econcrete.
Once again, for yet another year, the return on the content investment of the Conference was excellent, as many attendees congratulated TYPSA, the Agustin de Betancourt Foundation and the UPM for the format and content of the Conference.
At the same time, and as last year, the celebration of the Conference represents for the three entities a new impetus in their commitment to collaborate in the fulfilment of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals, and specifically with Objective 9 “Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation and foster innovation”.
This type of conference is part of the commitments of the current agreement between TYPSA and the FAB (Agustín de Betancourt Foundation), regarding knowledge-sharing in the field of maritime and port engineering.