Carnival Corporation released its eighth annual sustainability report, announcing that in 2017 it achieved its 25% carbon reduction goal three years ahead of schedule and is on track with its nine other 2020 sustainability goals. The company continues its sustainability journey, using the United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
In late May, the European Commission put forward a proposal to ban 10 single-use plastic products most often found on Europe’s beaches and seas. However, a number of European countries have already gone ahead with their own laws to combat plastic pollution.
The high seas make up the nearly two-thirds of the world’s ocean in areas beyond national jurisdiction; they extend outside the boundaries of exclusive economic zones and have few rules or coordinated management mechanisms. The following statistics show why it crucial to take action for the protection of the high seas.
In an exclusive interview with SAFETY4SEA, Mr. Nick Brown, Communications Director at Bureau Veritas, invites industry to continue bridging the gender gap and supporting effective leadership by setting clear targets and avoiding micro-managing. Mr. Brown also notes that the recent IMO strategy for emissions reduction is currently the biggest challenge.
The UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson revealed an ambitious plan on 22 June, to bring together all of the Government’s international oceans work under a single strategy for the first time. The strategy will provide a blueprint for international action towards the oceans that supports the long-term prosperity of the marine environment.
UN Environment and the European Commission will cooperate through the 2018 Oceans Roadmap 2.0 to address the threats of pollution and marine litter, in line with UN Environment and EC international commitments and the implementation of ocean related Sustainable Development Goals.
A recent report by UN Environment, examining the state of plastic pollution in 2018, finds a surging momentum in global efforts to address plastic pollution. The first-of-its-kind accounting finds plastic bag bans, if properly enforced, can effectively counter one of the causes of plastic overuse.
During the 20th Summit between the European Union and China, on 16 July, the two parties signed an ocean partnership agreement. EU an China will cooperate to improve international governance of the oceans in all its aspects, including by combating illegal fishing and promoting a sustainable blue economy.
Even if carbon emissions were to be completely eliminated tomorrow, human-driven climate change wound still take place for a long time. By the end of this century, Earth’s temperature will be almost 3 degrees Fahrenheit higher than now, with less water resources and more droughts expected.
Two Dutch-based companies, Heerema Marine Contractors and Eneco, signed a MoU with Port of Rotterdam to jointly perform a feasibility study on the creation of shore power infrastructure in the Calandkanaal. The parties have created a consortium to explore the opportunities for the energy transition.
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