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David Knott

Compliance Manager
Belfast Harbour Commissioners

Ports, Business-Continuity, Adaptation

Tell us about your background and your current role…

I am currently responsible for safety, environmental and business continuity management within Belfast Harbour. I am a Chartered Environmentalist, Registered Risk Practitioner and Fellow of the Institute of Risk Management. I have an MSc in Coastal Zone Management from Ulster University.

With regard to climate change what are the current issues facing your sector/area of expertise?

The need to reduce carbon emissions from shipping and port operations. To build resilience and climate change mitigation and adaptation into port operations and development of the Harbour estate.

With regard to climate change, what do you expect the future issues and solutions to be in your sector/area of expertise?

Transition of the energy system to a low carbon socio–technical system, rethinking of economic priorities beyond orthodox economic growth and GDP.