The Autonomous Operator of Parisian Transports published a press release according to which sixteen among Europe’s major companies initiate to push forward the development of sustainable finance, setting up the Corporate Forum on Sustainable Finance, ‘The Forum’. It is designed as a permanent network based on exchanging ideas and views and unites crucial ‘Green Issuers’.
The CMA CGM Group, a worldwide leading shipping group, has decided to support the financial and industrial development of Agricool, specializing in urban agriculture, based on recycled containers, in order to enable it to launch its industrialization phase. Several containers are currently being tested. The Group is now the main supplier of containers and the primary logistics and supply partner of this young company.
‘Tavaha’ is a nordic expression for taking care of the ocean, and is also the title of a new, short documentary on plastic pollution, highlighting the can-do attitude of European activists working with marine environments. The film seeks to provide us with insight and inspiration regarding the oceanic conservation around Europe.
The Belmont Forum called for proposals on ‘Transdisciplinary Research for Ocean Sustainability’. Along with Future Earth and JPI Oceans, they aim to gather researchers and other expertise to advance sustainable use of the ocean and minimize the effects of climate change. The deadline for project pre-registration is 31 January 2019.
Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri has entered into a preliminary collaboration agreement with financial institution Cassa depositi e prestiti (CDP) and natural gas infrastructure company Snam, aiming to implement medium-term strategic projects for the innovation of port facilities in Italy and of sustainable technologies applied to maritime transport.
On 11 January at IMO’s London headquarters, IMO and the United Nations System Staff College held a workshop for Member State delegations, aiming to help Member States gain a better understanding of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the role IMO can play in achieving them.
The UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), signed by 157 countries 25 years ago, was the first form of international law for the oceans governance, acting as a cornerstone to launch the basis of UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and serving as EU’s framework for policymaking.
IRENA, the Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency, launched ‘A new World’ report, according to which, the Global Commission on the Geopolitics of Energy Transformation supports that the geopolitical and socio-economic consequences of a new energy age may be as profound as those which accompanied the alter from biomass to fossil fuels two centuries ago. These include changes in the position of states, the importance of new leaders, more energy actors, alter in trade relations and the emergence of new alliances.
It is estimated that the oceans are warming faster in comparison to the past, setting a new record on temperature in 2018, resulting to damaging marine life. Measurements, run by an international network of 3.900 floats that are deployed in the oceans since 2000, revealed an increased warming since 1971, than what it was calculated by the UN assessment of climate change in 2013.
The European Investment Bank (EIB) launched a new public consultation on energy financing to better reflect energy industry trends and to enhance its support for the European Union’s 2030 energy and climate targets. The next three months, EIB will engage with stakeholders, including shareholders, industry associations, civil society and the private sector to develop a new energy lending policy that supports EU targets.
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