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Six First Place Winners Selected from Thousands of Global Photo Submissions Surrounding 2022 Theme Revitalization: Collective Action for the Ocean

New York, New York, June 08, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The winners of the ninth annual United Nations World Oceans Day Photo Competition were announced today during the United Nations World Oceans Day (UNWOD) 2022 event at the UN Headquarters in New York. The free competition, which launched this past March, explored the six thematic categories linked to the overarching 2022 World Oceans day theme: “Revitalization: Collective Action for the Ocean.” World-renowned judges including wildlife photographer Rathika Ramasamy, Conservation Photojournalist & Marine Biologist Sirachai Arunrugstichai, and Underwater Photographer Y. Zin Kim, selected first, second, and third place winners for the categories: Above Water Seascapes, Underwater Seascapes, Revitalization, Coastal Communities, Ocean Critters, and Nature-Based Solutions & Ocean Exploration. Winners were selected from the thousands of global entries made by both amateur and professional photographers. The United Nations World Oceans Day event and the Photo Competition are hosted by the United Nations Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, produced with the contribution of Oceanic Global and made possible by La Mer. The annual competition is curated by Ellen Cuylaerts, and coordinated with DivePhotoGuide (DPG) and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO.

Winning Photos Per Category & Corresponding Captions Can be Viewed Here.

* All photos must include the caption with photographer credit listed per photo, as well as www.unworldoceansday.org to be published.

The 2022 winning photographers hail from over 12 different countries. Their names include: Cao Nguyen Vu, Christophe Mason-Parker (Above Water Seascapes), Damir Zurub, Nat Sumanatemeya, Nicolas Hahn (Underwater Seascapes), Rick Morris, Nuno Vasco Rodrigues, Aunk Horwang (Revitalization), Celia Kujala, Amitava Chandra, Supachai Veerayutthanon, (Coastal Communities), Gaby Barathieu, Jennifer Johnson, Viktor Lyagushkin (Ocean Critters), Tom Vierus, Giacomo d’Orlando (Nature-Based Solutions & Ocean Exploration). All participants signed a Charter of 14 commitments regarding ethics in photography.

The United Nations World Oceans Day Photo Competition is an ongoing tradition that calls on photographers and artists from around the world to communicate the beauty of the ocean and the importance of the respective UNWOD themes each year. Winning photos from past years can additionally be seen at www.unworldoceansday.org.




Rizzi Stigliano
Oceanic Global

Dominica Prepares to Face the 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season with Climate Resilient Infrastructure

Roseau, June 08, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Commonwealth of Dominica, a small island nation in the Caribbean, is not leaving its fate up to chance as they face the 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season, which is predicted to be particularly stormy this year.

While Dominica cannot prevent hurricanes, they are doing all it can to ensure the safety of its citizens. The government has constructed emergency shelters, trained members in vulnerable communities, and educated citizens on ways they can safeguard themselves.

Early preparation and understanding of the risk is key to being hurricane resilient and climate-ready.

A Stormy Hurricane Season Predicted

The Atlantic hurricane season typically runs from 1 June to 30 November, during these months, tropical storms are most likely to form and wreak havoc in the Caribbean.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting “above-average hurricane activity” this year.

“NOAA predicts a 65% chance of an above-normal season, a likely range of 14 to 21 named storms of which 6 to 10 could become hurricanes, including 3 to 6 major hurricanes (category 3, 4 or 5),” the NOAA stated in a recent press release.

Several climate factors can be attributed to the predicted hurricane season. These factors include La Nina, warmer-than-average sea surface temperatures in the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, and weaker tropical Atlantic trade winds.

Climate change has led to the warming of oceans, which leads to more water pumped into the sky, making hurricanes more powerful, and rising sea levels mean that storm surges are becoming more dangerous.

Lessons Learned

Dominica is on the frontline of climate change and is a target of natural disasters, mainly hurricanes and tropical storms. The nation does not produce greenhouse gases yet is among the main victims in the battle against climate change.

In 2017, Hurricane Maria damaged nearly every building, destroying nearly a quarter of them. Maria felled rainforests and knocked out the electricity, communications, and water supplies.

Since then, the nation has been committed to building back better, with the aim to become the world’s first climate-resilient country.

“Despite our disadvantages in Dominica, we are not leaving our fate up to chance, since 2017 we have taken decisive actions to realize our vision to build resilience within key sectors with support from local stakeholders as well regional, international agencies and organizations such as European Union,” said Dr the Hon Roosevelt Skerrit, Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister recently advised citizens to remain cautious and shared tips on how one can safeguard themselves and their communities in times of a natural disaster.

In May 2022, the government of Dominica commissioned two regional emergency shelters to which 300 – 500 people in Castle Bruce and Jimmit will benefit. These self-contained facilities can house those affected by a severe storm for about two weeks.

The shelters were built at a cost of EC$33 million with funding from the European Union, and feature wide spaces to serve as dormitories, storage rooms, kitchens, washrooms, medical centres, laundry facilities, administrative offices and alternate water and power supplies.

The two shelters are part of our resilience journey to combat climate change and lay a sustainable development path to a Dynamic Dominica.

“Hurricane Maria taught us unless we do this thing properly and we do it right we will be devastated each time because we really cannot prevent ourselves from being hit by a hurricane. But we are hoping that with our resilient building in terms of our infrastructure our roads, our bridges, our schools, and the health centres we can add some resilience and we can protect ourselves, our societies, and our communities from any such onslaught that may come in the future,” said Hon. Reginald Austrie, Member of Parliament for the Cottage Constituency.

Following Hurricane Maria, the government created the Climate Resilience Execution Agency for Dominica (CREAD). Its purpose is to lead and coordinate strategic initiatives across all sectors in the country with the goal of leading the climate resilience mission.

“In the Dynamic Dominica that we are creating, all must have access to safe shelter; we are keeping true to our promise of 5,000 resilient homes for the people of Dominica. We do not ever want our citizens to revisit the despair resulting from displacement and homelessness due to Hurricane Maria,” the Prime Minister said.

Building Back Better

When Hurricane Maria hit Dominica in 2017, it caused damage worth an estimated 220 per cent of its GDP. The majority of the small island’s roads, hospitals and housing sectors were also damaged. However, thanks to international, regional, and internal funds like that of the country’s long-running Citizenship by Investment Programme, Dominica has managed to recover at great lengths.

The Government of Dominica continues to build resilient climate infrastructure and develop strategies to strengthen the systems to boost capacity at the individual and community levels to more effectively respond to disaster impacts.

For several decades, Dominica has used funds generated by its Citizenship by Investment (CB) Programme to realise its ambitions towards constructing climate-resilient infrastructure that can withstand natural disasters, while creating lasting jobs in construction and tourism.

These projects include building 5000 climate-resilient homes, world-class hospitals, healthcare centres, and community centres. The nation has also invested and begun work on a Geothermal Power Plant in an effort to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels.

“The Government of Dominica is utilising its Climate Resilient and Recovery Plan (CRRP) to overcome the damages and build new sustainable infrastructure to ensure durability against extreme natural disasters. Despite being small in size, Dominica is working hard to achieve the desired goal of becoming the world’s first climate-resilient country,” said Micha Rose Emmett, CEO of the world’s leading government advisory and marketing firm, CS Global Partners

“The beauty about Dominica’s Citizenship by Investment Programme is that it really is a win-win solution for both the investor and the country as it enables the nation to grow sustainably without international aid and funds are used to build roads, schools, hospitals, and more,” Emmett added.

Established in 1993, Dominica’s Citizenship by Investment Programme is one of the world’s longest-running, fastest and most secure programme of its kind. Dominica’s Programme has helped vetted individuals and their families in becoming citizens of the nation once they either invest in a government fund or purchase pre-approved real estate properties.

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Philips’ Future Health Index 2022 report shows healthcare leaders are rebooting priorities as they emerge from the pandemic

June 8, 2022

  • Nearly 3,000 healthcare leaders across 15 countries reveal how they are harnessing the power of data and digital technology to address their biggest challenges
  • Improving staff satisfaction and retention is a top priority for healthcare leaders, today and three years from now
  • One in five (22%) healthcare leaders use predictive analytics for diagnostic guidance, with 68% agreeing predictive analytics can have a positive impact on improving health inequality
  • Report indicates challenges still exist, with 46% of healthcare leaders viewing data as more of a burden than an asset

Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology, today announced the publication of its Future Health Index (FHI) 2022 report: ‘Healthcare hits reset: Priorities shift as healthcare leaders navigate a changed world’. Now in its seventh year, the Future Health Index 2022 report, based on proprietary research from almost 3,000 respondents conducted across 15 countries, explores how healthcare leaders are harnessing the power of data and digital technology as they look to address their key challenges coming out of the pandemic.

The 2022 report paints a picture of a sector that is radically re-evaluating priorities as it strives to deliver improved patient care. “As we emerge from the pandemic, healthcare leaders worldwide are embarking on a reboot,” said Jan Kimpen, Chief Medical Officer, Philips. “Many are refocusing on both new and existing priorities, from addressing staff shortages and extending care delivery, to leveraging big data and predictive analytics.”

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Staff satisfaction and retention top the priority list for healthcare leaders
Globally, around one in three healthcare leaders (30%) say staff satisfaction and retention combined is a top priority. However, what is driving this priority differs from country to country. For example, in the USA and Germany staff satisfaction and retention is driven by the ‘great resignation’. In India, the ever-increasing demand for more healthcare professionals is the predominant driver. Across all countries, healthcare leaders’ investments in digital technologies will help to improve the staff experience.

While data is seen as an enabler, the potential of predictive analytics remains unfulfilled
Healthcare leaders have confidence in predictive analytics with 71% trusting predictive analytics in clinical settings, and 72% in operational settings. Overall, healthcare leaders see the positive impact of predictive analytics, particularly in health outcomes, patient experience and staff experience, and more than half (56%) have already adopted, or are in the process of adopting, predictive analytics in some form. However, uptake remains uneven, with a marked difference in adoption among developed and emerging countries (65% vs 48%). The FHI 2022 research also indicates even those who are furthest along in adoption of predictive analytics are not leveraging the full potential of the technology.

Overcoming the barriers to effective data use is crucial to gain widespread adoption
While confident in the value of data, healthcare leaders remain frustrated by ongoing barriers to effective data usage, including siloed data (51%) and infrastructure limitations (23%). With cyberattacks increasingly targeting the healthcare sector, one in five (21%) cite concerns about data privacy and security as a top barrier to using data to its full potential. They also say greater data security and privacy systems and protocols are the top way to strengthen their trust in predictive analytics in both clinical (38%) and operational (35%) settings. Additionally, only 19% of healthcare leaders have all the internal expertise they need to fully use the data they have available, while 24% cite the availability of data specialists as a top factor in helping to better utilize data. Despite seeing the potential of data, as a result of these frustrations, nearly half of healthcare leaders (48%) view data as more of a burden than an asset today.

Leaders are fast-tracking social responsibility
The pandemic threw a spotlight on health inequality and healthcare leaders are responding. One-quarter (25%) see addressing health inequality as a priority today, compared to only 12% in 2021. Technology can play a part: two in three healthcare leaders (68%) agree that predictive analytics can have a positive impact on helping to reduce health disparities by providing fast and accurate insights on risk scores to help identify more vulnerable groups for proactive planning to help better manage community health issues like disease outbreaks, cancer incidences and more.

The 2022 report also sees healthcare leaders fast-tracking their sustainability plans. In 2021, just 4% of healthcare leaders worldwide were prioritizing environmental sustainability. This figure has jumped to 24% today; a more than six-fold increase year-over-year.

Since 2016, Philips has conducted original research to help determine the readiness of countries to address global health challenges and build efficient and effective health systems.  For details on the Future Health Index methodology and to access the Future Health Index 2022 report in its entirety, visit our site.

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About Royal Philips

Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a leading health technology company focused on improving people’s health and well-being and enabling better outcomes across the health continuum – from healthy living and prevention, to diagnosis, treatment and home care. Philips leverages advanced technology and deep clinical and consumer insights to deliver integrated solutions. Headquartered in the Netherlands, the company is a leader in diagnostic imaging, image-guided therapy, patient monitoring and health informatics, as well as in consumer health and home care. Philips generated 2021 sales of EUR 17.2 billion and employs approximately 79,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. News about Philips can be found at www.philips.com/newscenter.


Pharma Intelligence Appoints General Counsel, Chief Commercial Officer

NEW YORK, June 08, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — In the wake of its acquisition by leading global growth investor Warburg Pincus, Pharma Intelligence announces the appointments of Vicky Harris as General Counsel and Jeff Huntsman as Chief Commercial Officer (CCO).

Prior to joining Pharma Intelligence, Harris was the head of the legal department at Clarivate, where she helped establish the business as a standalone organization following its sale from Thomson Reuters. Harris sat on Clarivate’s science group leadership team, supporting its academic and life sciences businesses. She previously worked in both the IP & Science and Financial divisions of Thomson Reuters, and provided editorial support to the Reuters news agency. She practiced corporate and commercial law at top city law firm Slaughter and May.

Harris has been highly commended by the Inspirational Women Lawyers Awards 2021 and led the team that won IP Legal Team of the Year in Lexology’s Global Counsel Awards 2020.

CCO Huntsman began his career at Stuart Pharmaceuticals (AstraZeneca). He currently serves as President at J-Boys Consulting where he advises growth companies selling into the life sciences space; additionally, he is also a Healthcare Advisor at Warburg Pincus. Prior to this role, he was SVP, Head of Global Sales at Clarivate Analytics where he led a global commercial organization across the life sciences portfolio of solutions.

Previously, Huntsman was the Chief Commercial Officer for Connective RX. Additionally, he was previously Corporate Vice President, Worldwide Head of Business Development at Parexel International. Prior to this CVP role, he was the Business Head for the Regulatory Information Management Business Unit with full operational and P&L accountability.

“I am delighted that Vicky and Jeff are joining our Pharma Intelligence team,” said Ramsey Hashem, CEO of Pharma Intelligence. “Both Vicky and Jeff are experts in their respective fields with extensive industry experience. Their addition will better enable us to meet our customers’ evolving needs and help us — and our customers — experience continued growth.”

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Pharma Intelligence powers a full suite of analysis products — Datamonitor Healthcare™, Sitetrove™, Trialtrove™, Pharmaprojects™, Biomedtracker™, Scrip™, Pink Sheet™ and In Vivo™ — to deliver the data needed by the pharmaceutical and biomedical industry to make decisions and create real-world opportunities for growth.

With more than 400 analysts keeping their fingers on the pulse of the industry, no key disease, clinical trial, drug approval or R&D project isn’t covered through the breadth and depth of data available to customers. For more information, visit pharmaintelligence.informa.com.

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U.S. Polo Assn. Presents at Pitti Immagine Uomo the Spring-Summer Collection 2023

At the 102nd edition of Pitti, authentic, sport-inspired style and bursts of color make the U.S. Polo Assn. brand’s Collection fresh and exciting.

FLORENCE, Italy, June 08, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — U.S. Polo Assn., the official brand of the United States Polo Association (USPA), presents its Spring-Summer Collection 2023 from June 14 to 17 at Pitti Immagine Uomo at the Fortezza da Basso in Florence. Join U.S. Polo Assn. on the “Pitti Island,” at Booth 24 Cavaniglia, where the brand will showcase its latest collection celebrating the brand’s heritage in the sport of polo since 1890. See the Collection in a setting that’s inspired by U.S. Polo Assn.’s stores, with a white backdrop beautifully enhanced by the colors of its inspirational products, the presence of its double horseman logo and signature red, white and blue stripe, as well as exciting digital elements, including video and online activations.

The U.S. Polo Assn. Booth #24 will feature a partnership with the sustainability organization, Treedom, and 20 models outfitted in polo attire. Captain of the Italian Polo Team, Stefano Giansanti, as well as Alessandro Giachetti from FISE Polo will be at the U.S. Polo Assn. booth on June 15. U.S. Polo Assn. partners in Italy, Incom, Bonis, EastLab and Eurotrade, will be present at Booth 24 Cavaniglia to proudly show their apparel, footwear, watches, bags and accessories for SS 2023.

“We are thrilled to be attending the 102nd Edition of Pitti Uomo, alongside our Italian partners, where we can bring the classic, sport-inspired style of U.S. Polo Assn. to the trade show floor and all of the event’s attendees,” said Lorenzo Nencini, CEO of Incom, Apparel Division. “Italian consumers love U.S. Polo Assn. for its style, authenticity and comfort, and our Spring-Summer 2023 Collection brings all of that and more with beautiful colors, fabrics and accents. Our brand offerings just get better and better every season.”

Fitting with this year’s Pitti Island theme based on “a land of discovery, exploration and visionary concepts,” the U.S. Polo Assn. Spring-Summer ’23 Collection highlights a burst of color and is designed for an active, modern lifestyle. It’s inspired, as always, by the sport of polo with which the brand has an unbreakable bond. The Collection’s Spring-Summer colors speak not only to bright hues and tones but also to bold use of prints, patterns and stripes. Two important themes throughout the collection are the use of sustainable materials as well as a consistent leisurewear style that’s laid-back and comfortable. These themes are beyond trend and are now a way of life.

“U.S. Polo Assn. is grateful for the loyal consumers here in Italy and around the world, and we plan to bring some excitement to the Pitti Uomo show with this Collection, while also showcasing our brand’s authentic connection to the sport of polo,” said J. Michael Prince, President & CEO of USPAGL, the company that manages and oversees the multi-billion-dollar global sport-inspired U.S. Polo Assn. brand. “Personally, I am excited to be here in Florence representing U.S. Polo Assn. with such outstanding partners as Incom, Bonis, EastLab and Eurotrade, who represent the very best of what our global brand has to offer.”

The U.S. Polo Assn. Men’s and Women’s Collection SS 2023 is divided into four design themes:

In the Heritage Collection, the classic and unmistakable inspiration comes from the winning spirit of the sport. U.S. Polo Assn.’s classics stay fresh and new by incorporating modern elements and special design details. The U.S. Polo Assn. red, white and blue signature stripe epitomizes the brand’s DNA and represents the traditional colors of the American flag. Within the Collection are iconic garments with polo-inspired graphics and bold plaids, stripes and prints.

The USPA Life Collection is made with sustainable materials and processes that are designed to help protect the planet for future generations. The style of USPA Life focuses on a combination of natural and pastel colors, such as terracotta, sand, light blue, natural, and pink. Within the collection are organic cotton jersey and piqué, along with pure linen shirts overdyed with pigments that are not harmful to the environment. Polo shirts and t-shirts in Supima cotton and ultralight cotton knitwear with linen-cotton blend yarn affirm U.S. Polo Assn.’s commitment to better fabrications.

The USPA Life product features identifying labels and a logo promoting the colors of USPA Life – white, navy and field green – the consumer’s cue to the brand’s sustainably sourced product. U.S. Polo Assn. in Italy is partnering with Treedom, a Certified B Corporation and global web platform established and based in Florence, to promote the planting of trees and forests worldwide with the aim of making the planet greener.

USPA Sport is a modern approach to athleisure apparel. This collection is characterized by its comfortable and casual approach that includes technical yarns and design details that fit our active and busy lifestyles. Color stands out here with color blocking, piecing and bold graphics. This approach speaks to the competitive nature of polo, as well as the outdoor elements of the sport. The line is dominated by power colors such as white, royal blue, violet, hibiscus, orange and lime yellow. The collection is marked by experimentation and creativity, not only in the choice of colors but also in the variety of fabrics offered.

A special capsule, only available in Italy, is the USPA Fluo Collection, showcasing spirited fluorescent colors that are perfect for warm spring and summer days. The solid pigment-dyed process gives these ultra-bright colors a special glow while maintaining a vintage style. In contrast, another part of the Collection is dominated by accenting classic colors, optical white and navy blue with pops of color. These details, whether fluorescent mini stripes or contrasting logos, add an unexpected element. It’s this type of bold apparel that fully represents the heritage of the game.

The SS23 Footwear Collection combines the double horseman brand’s style and elegance with the ability to connect the sport and fashion worlds. The sport of polo is reflected in the footwear collections, which merge the American tradition with new trends every year. The premium model ELITE has been brought back to the scene, thanks to a renewed design and the introduction of new colours both for men’s and women’s styles. A new star of this collection is the ETHAN, which is considered a running shoe with a slight insole. The BRYAN is an essential sneaker with a vintage effect, that also uses technology for the lasering of the brand’s logo in contrast with the upper. The SETH, made for both men and women, features vibrant colours and technical details of both a running shoe and as overall outdoor footwear. Finally, there is the MAREW model, a colorful unisex sneaker made of canvas. Its psychedelic graphic is a celebration of Pride Month, in which self-affirmation, dignity and equality of the LGBTQ+ community are promoted.


U.S. Polo Assn. is the official brand of the United States Polo Association (USPA), the nonprofit governing body for the sport of polo in the United States and one of the oldest sports governing bodies, having been founded in 1890. With a multi-billion-dollar global footprint and worldwide distribution through some 1,200 U.S. Polo Assn. retail stores, and thousands of department stores, sporting goods channels, independent retailers and e-commerce, U.S. Polo Assn. offers apparel for men, women, and children, as well as accessories and footwear in 190 countries worldwide. Ranked the fifth largest sports licensor in License Global magazine’s 2020 list of “Top 150 Global Licensors,” U.S. Polo Assn. is named alongside such iconic sports brands as the National Football League, the National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball.


Incom, founded in Montecatini Terme (PT) in 1951, manages, under license, the Apparel Division of the U.S. Polo Assn. brand in Italy and manufactures and distributes leading clothing brands worldwide. In addition, Incom is among the main suppliers of military and paramilitary clothing for the Italian state, both for what concerns uniforms and technical clothing made with the special proprietary Float patent for floating garments. It has been producing and distributing men’s, women’s, and children’s underwear and beachwear under the U.S. Polo Assn. brand in Europe since January 2008, recording steadily increasing sales results.


Treedom is a global web platform to promote the planting of trees and forests worldwide with the aim of making the planet greener. Treedom.net is the first website that allows anyone to plant a tree remotely and follow the story of the project. Every tree has an online page, geolocated and photographed, with regular updates posted in an online Tree Diary. Founded in Florence, Italy, in 2010, Treedom has planted over 2 million trees to date, with the support of over 120,000 farmers in 17 countries. Thanks to the environmental benefits (including offsetting CO2 emissions, sustaining biodiversity, and fighting soil erosion and deforestation) and social benefits (training, food security, empowerment, and revenue/profitability) deriving from planting trees, Treedom is accredited as a Certified B Corporation, which is awarded to companies that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance.


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The United Nations Secretary-General, the President of the United Nations General Assembly, sustainability advocate Amber Valletta, oceanographer Sylvia Earle, economist Ralph Chami, World Champion sailor Lisa Blair, and others will speak at the event produced with the contribution of Oceanic Global and made possible by La Mer

New York, New York, June 08, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — On Wednesday 8 June, the United Nations will host its annual World Oceans Day celebration with the 2022 theme Revitalization: Collective Action for the Ocean. Produced by the Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea of the Office of Legal Affairs with the contribution of non-profit organization Oceanic Global, and made possible by La Mer, United Nations World Oceans Day 2022 (UNWOD) will feature keynote speeches, panels, presentations, and performances kicked off by the Secretary-General and the President of the General Assembly. The day’s programming will also include leading voices such as sustainability advocate Amber Valletta, International Monetary Fund economist Ralph Chami, World Champion sailor Lisa Blair, deep sea explorer Sheena Talma, and Michelin-star chef Shinobu Namae to name a few. While United Nations World Oceans Day has been fully virtual since 2020, this year’s celebration will once again bring together UN delegates and thought leaders from around the world for an in-person gathering at UN Headquarters in New York. The event will also be open to the public by live stream from 10am -13:30pm (EDT) on the United Nations World Oceans Day website (www.unworldoceansday.org) with the content reshared on the social channels @unworldoceansday.

The ocean connects, sustains, and supports all life on earth, but its health is at a tipping point. And, as the past few years of the pandemic have shown us, we need to work together when addressing issues that impact us all. The UNWOD 2022 theme of “Revitalization: Collective Action for the Ocean” encourages collaboration towards a new balance with the ocean that no longer depletes its bounty, but instead restores its vibrancy and brings it new life. The day’s programming will call attention to the communities, ideas, and solutions that are working to revitalize the ocean and our blue planet as a whole. It will convene thought-leaders, celebrities, institutional partners, community voices, entrepreneurs, and cross-industry experts to shine a new and hopeful light on humanity’s relationship to the ocean, bring fresh energy and ideas to how we’re addressing key issues, and inspire as well as ignite collective action towards positive change.

UNWOD 2022 will open with remarks by the United Nations Secretary-General, followed by messages from the President of the General Assembly. Keynote remarks will be provided by sustainability advocate Amber Valletta, President and Co-Chair of Mission Blue, Sylvia Earle, Portuguese Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Mr. João Gomes Cravinho, the International Monetary Fund’s Ralph Chami and Senior Vice President of La Mer, Lesley Crowther. Additional sessions throughout the day include a series of  “Spotlight Solutions” featuring Relais & Châteaux Chef Shinobu Namae, leading landscape architect Kate Orff, and World Champion sailor Lisa Blair, a panel on the “Revitalized Ocean Economy” featuring the Economist’s Martin Koehring and Director of Ocean Sustainability at Salesforce, Whitney Johnston, video messages from actress Nathalie Kelley, aquanot Fabien Cousteau, and a performance by youth environmental action organizer and poet Jade Lozada. The day’s programming will be closed with a musical performance by singer-songwriter Margaret Glaspy and guitarist Julian Lage. The winners of the Ninth Annual United Nations World Oceans Day Photo Competition will also be announced by its 2022 Curator, Ellen Cuylaerts.

The annual United Nations World Oceans Day event marks the kick-off “World Ocean Week” during which subsequent events hosted by members of the Friends of UN World Oceans Day platform and other ocean enthusiasts from around the world will continue the conversation surrounding the official theme of UN World Oceans Day 2022 – Revitalization: Collective Action for the Ocean.




Rizzi Stigliano
Oceanic Global

Plug to Build Large-Scale Green Hydrogen Generation Plant in Europe at Port of Antwerp-Bruges

Plug’s 100 MW Electrolyzers Will Produce 35 Tons Per Day of Green Hydrogen for European Market

LATHAM, N.Y., June 08, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Plug Power Inc. (NASDAQ: PLUG), a leading provider of turnkey hydrogen solutions for the global green hydrogen economy, will build a 35-tons-per-day green hydrogen generation plant at Port of Antwerp-Bruges in the heart of Europe.

Plug signed a 30-year concession agreement to build the plant at the Belgian port, the second largest in Europe. Plug plans to erect a 100-megawatt green hydrogen plant, using its own electrolyzer and liquefaction technology, on 28 acres of land leased under the agreement. Plug will produce up to 12,500 tons per year of liquid and gaseous green hydrogen for the European market.

Construction of the plant will begin upon completion of the permitting process, anticipated in late 2023. Initial production of green hydrogen is expected in late 2024, and plant commissioning will be in 2025.

“As Europe grapples with the challenges of climate change and energy security, our agreement with Port of Antwerp-Bruges will deliver much-needed natively generated, green hydrogen to local markets,” said Andy Marsh, CEO of Plug. “The energy crisis in Europe resulting from geopolitical risks has accelerated the demand for green hydrogen development projects.”

Minister-President of Flanders Jan Jambon noted: “Hydrogen plays an important role in the energy transition and at the same time offers many economic and societal opportunities for Flanders. Due to the strategic location of our ports and the expertise of our companies, research centers and educational institutions, we have all the assets to become the hydrogen hub of Western Europe. An opportunity that we must not miss. Plug’s choice for Antwerp is the result of the strong relationship that I, the Flemish Government, Flanders Investment & Trade, and the Port have built with the company. At the same time, it confirms the role that Flanders plays in renewable energy. I am therefore very pleased to welcome Plug in Flanders.”

Belgium’s Minister of Energy Tinne Van der Straeten said: “Belgium is determined to play a pioneering role in the breakthrough of large-scale green hydrogen. It is an objective that is well reflected in the federal hydrogen vision and strategy ‘Green hydrogen for a clean industry.’ That strategy is built on four pillars: positioning Belgium as an import and transit hub in Europe, becoming a leader in hydrogen, establishing a robust hydrogen market and investing in cooperation as a key success factor. Companies like Plug, who integrate their activities into our federal strategy, are the best example that we are moving in the right direction. This way, we can achieve our climate goals to reduce greenhouse gasses by 55% in 2030 and become the first climate neutral continent by 2050. This will be a strategy that pays off for Belgium, for employment and for the climate.”

Jacques Vandermeiren, CEO Port of Antwerp-Bruges, added: “The signing of Plug Power is a confirmation of the attractiveness of our port and NextGen District. Their project is exactly what we have in mind when it comes to circular economy. We are giving hydrogen every opportunity as an energy carrier and fuel and are therefore committing ourselves as an active pioneer in the hydrogen economy. I thank Plug Power for its trust and all parties involved.”

A hydrogen hub of the future

Port of Antwerp-Bruges sits in a strategic location in Europe. At the center of the largest chemical industry cluster in Europe and close to the North Sea, it provides transportation connections to Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, U.K., and France. It is less than an hour’s drive to Brussels, the capital of Europe.

The port area is also one of the busiest logistics areas in Europe, handling annually 289 million tons of maritime freight, 24 million tons of rail freight, and 108.5 million tons of barge freight. Sixty percent of Europe’s purchasing power is located within 300 miles.

Port of Antwerp-Bruges, set to become a major hydrogen hub for Europe, has plans to be a lighthouse port for climate-neutral infrastructure. Through its new green hydrogen plant, Plug is committed to playing a pivotal role in helping Port of Antwerp-Bruges achieve this ambition.

Ideal site for generation of hydrogen

The site location provides the opportunity for a ready supply of electricity from on-site and site-adjacent wind turbines generating dozens of megawatts, with an electric interconnection point less than a mile away. In addition, the site offers water, road, rail, and pipeline access for the delivery of green hydrogen to customers. An open-access hydrogen pipeline will be built along the site, and Plug has signed a contract with Fluxys to engage in a feasibility study for enabling a connection to the pipeline, which will be part of a European open-access hydrogen backbone.

Plug will build in the port’s NextGen District, an area dedicated to companies supporting the circular economy. Leveraging the cluster being assembled in the NextGen district, Plug is exploring partnerships to complete the circular use of wastewater expelled during the production of green hydrogen.

The hydrogen produced at the site will serve multiple clients at the port

More than 1,500 acres of covered warehousing at Port of Antwerp-Bruges supports heavy manufacturing industries. Plug will contribute to decarbonizing the logistics flows of the port, with material handling solutions, fuel cell vans through HYVIA – a joint venture between Plug and Renault, and stationary power solutions for shore power.

North Sea countries are major producers of wind power with over 15 gigawatts (GW) of installed capacity. They have committed to grow capacity to 65 GW by 2030 and 150 GW by 2050, as part of a recent cooperation agreement signed by Belgium, Germany, Denmark, and the Netherlands. The European Union recently launched a $315 billion REPowerEU initiative to support the shift from Russian fossil fuels to renewable energy including green hydrogen.

Trans-Atlantic Partnership Drove Agreement

The announcement of this project illustrates the strength of trans-Atlantic cooperation between a leading international technology company and a forward-thinking European port operator. Plug is building out an end-to-end green hydrogen ecosystem across the world, focused on hub locations with attractive economics and strong customer demand. Europe is core to Plug’s strategy, reflected in multiple recent investments, such as the opening of a service and logistics center in Duisburg, Germany, the acquisition of Netherlands-based Frames Group, and the inauguration of a hydrogen-powered light commercial vehicle production plant with Renault in Flins, France.

“Plug is already one of the largest investors in the European hydrogen economy, and one of the largest employers in Europe among the hydrogen pure players. Our investment in a green hydrogen production plant in the heart of Europe deepens our commitment to the European market,” added Marsh. “Europe is determined to shift from foreign sources of fossil fuel energy to local sources of green energy, and we are helping to deliver on their vision.”

About Plug
Plug is building an end-to-end green hydrogen ecosystem, from production, storage and delivery to energy generation, to help its customers meet their business goals and decarbonize the economy. In creating the first commercially viable market for hydrogen fuel cell technology, the company has deployed more than 50,000 fuel cell systems and over 165 fueling stations, more than anyone else in the world, and is the largest buyer of liquid hydrogen. With plans to build and operate a green hydrogen highway across North America and Europe, Plug is building a state-of-the-art Gigafactory to produce electrolyzers and fuel cells and multiple green hydrogen production plants that will yield 500 tons of liquid green hydrogen daily by 2025. Plug will deliver its green hydrogen solutions directly to its customers and through joint venture partners into multiple environments, including material handling, e-mobility, power generation, and industrial applications. For more information, visit www.plugpower.com.

About Port of Antwerp-Bruges
With an overall throughput of 289 million tons per year, Port of Antwerp-Bruges is a critical hub in worldwide trade and industry. The port is a crucial link for the handling of containers, breakbulk and for the throughput of vehicles. Port of Antwerp-Bruges is home to 1,400 companies and accommodates the largest integrated chemical cluster in Europe. The port provides, directly and indirectly, a total of around 164,000 jobs and generates an added value of 21 billion euros.

The ambition for Port of Antwerp-Bruges is clear – to become the world’s first port that reconciles economy, people and climate. As well as growing in a sustainable way, the Port also aims to focus on its unique position as a logistics, maritime and industrial centre and to take the lead in the transition to a circular and low-carbon economy. Together with the port community, customers and other partners, Port of Antwerp-Bruges is actively seeking innovative solutions for a sustainable future. High on the agenda is its responsibility for the environment and the surrounding society.

The port sites of Antwerp-Bruges and Zeebrugge are operated by the Antwerp-Bruges Port Authority, a limited liability company of public law with the City of Antwerp and the City of Bruges as its shareholders. The port employs 1,800 people. Vice-Mayor of Antwerp Annick De Ridder is President of the Board of Directors, the Mayor of Bruges Dirk De fauw is the Vice-President. Jacques Vandermeiren is CEO and President of the Executive Committee, which is responsible for the port’s day-to-day management.

Plug Power Safe Harbor Statement
This communication contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that involve significant risks and uncertainties about Plug Power Inc. (“PLUG”), including but not limited to statements about: PLUG’s plan to build an end-to-end green hydrogen ecosystem, from production, storage and delivery to energy generation, to help its customers meet their business goals and decarbonize the economy, building a state-of-the-art Gigafactory to produce electrolyzers and fuel cells and multiple green hydrogen production plants that may yield 500 tons of liquid green hydrogen daily by 2025; PLUG’s plans to build and operate a 100MW green hydrogen plant in the NextGen District of the Port of Antwerp-Bruges with the expected daily hydrogen production capacity of up to 35 tons per day, equating to 12,500 tons per year of liquid and gaseous green hydrogen for the European market, including the timing thereof with the plant set for commissioning by 2025; the potential for decarbonizing the logistics flows of the Port of Antwerp-Bruges, with material handling solutions, fuel cell vans through HYVIA, and stationary power solutions for shore power; and the commitment by North Sea Countries to grow capacity of wind power to 65 GW by 2030 and 150 GW by 2050, as part of a recent cooperation agreement signed by Belgium, Germany, Denmark, and the Netherland. Such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual performance or results to differ materially from those expressed in these statements. For a further description of the risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ from those expressed in these forward-looking statements, as well as risks relating to the business of PLUG in general, see PLUG’s public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), including the “Risk Factors” section of PLUG’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021 and any subsequent filings with the SEC. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements are made as of the date hereof, and PLUG undertakes no obligation to update such statements as a result of new information.


Plug Power
Caitlin Coffee

Port of Antwerp-Bruges
+32 492 15 41 39