On the last day, following the wine industry debate, the conference culminated with the second edition of the Climate Change Leadership Porto Summit attended by world-class climate change experts and activists. Nobel Laureate and former US Vice-President Al Gore was the Keynote Speaker. Other speakers included UN Champion of the Earth for the world’s largest beach clean-up project, Afroz Shah; European Director of WWF International Ester Asin; Kaj Török, Chief Sustainability Officer at MAX Burgers, the World’s First Climate-Positive Burgers.

The event followed the Climate Change Leadership Summit 2018 held in Porto in July 2018 at which the keynote address was given by President Barack Obama. The key outcome of this summit was the launch of the Porto Procotol, which commits its participants to adopt and promote concrete actions, however small, to help reduce the impact of a changing climate. While this important global initiative recognises that the wine industry is uniquely well placed to take a leadership role in climate change mitigation, the Porto Protocol welcomes the participation of institutions, companies and individuals from all areas of activity.

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Al Gore

Nobel Prize Laureate and former Vice-President of the USA. Al Gore is the cofounder and chairman of Generation Investment Management, and the founder and chairman of The Climate Reality Project, a nonprofit devoted to solving the climate crisis.


He is the author of the #1 New York Times best-sellers An Inconvenient Truth and The Assault on Reason, and the best-sellers Earth in the Balance, Our Choice: A Plan To Solve the Climate Crisis, The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change, and most recently, The New York Times best-seller An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.

He is the subject of the documentary movie “An Inconvenient Truth,” which won two Oscars in 2006 — and a second documentary in 2017, “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.”


In 2007, Gore was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, along with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, for “informing the world of the dangers posed by climate change.”

João Matos Fernandes

Portuguese Minister of the Environment and Energy Transition.

Afroz Shah

LLM (Gold Medallist),Counsel, Bombay High Court. Champion of Earth, United Nations. Indian of the year, Public Service, CNN News 18.

Ester Asin

European Director of WWF International

Kaj Török

Chief Reputation Officer and Chief Sustainability Officer at MAX Burgers, the world’s first climate-positive burgers

The Program

7th March – Porto Summit 2019

14.00 – 14.30


14.30 – 15.00

“A DATE WITH OCEAN” – The journey from the world’s largest beach clean-up to circular economy – Citizens movement.

Speaker: Afroz Shah

15.00 – 15.30

“CLIMATE POSITIVE” – How Max Burgers is Inspiring Brands to Do More

Speaker: Kaj Török

15.30 – 16.00

“PREPARING FOR A CHANGING WORLD” – Create a climateresilient and zero-carbon world, powered by renewable energy.

Speaker: WWF International – Ester Asin

16.00 – 16.30

“Carbon Neutrality Roadmap”

Speaker: João Matos Fernandes (Portuguese Minister)

16.30 – 17.00

Coffee Break

17.00 – 18.00


Speaker: Al Gore

18.00 – 18.15


The Venue

Alfândega Congress Center

Located along the Douro River in Porto’s historic city centre, the historic Alfândega Conference Centre received the Business Destination Travel Award for Europe’s Best Meetings & Conference Centre in 2014 and 2015.

Past Event

Porto Summit 2018

With a panel of four renowned international speakers, the Climate Change Leadership Porto Summit 2018 positioned the city of Porto as a world centre for the proposal of solutions to counter climate change.


The event was marked by the opening of a debate forum to discuss positive measures impacting companies and the environment, and by the introduction of the Porto Protocol, a volunteer corporate and institutional movement aimed at developing a more sustainable environmental policy. Approximately 2200 people were in attendance

Everyone can make a difference at all levels

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