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EU commits another €540 million to clean and safe oceans

The European Union will announce 22 new commitments for better governance of the oceans, on the sidelines of the 2019 Our Ocean conference. The EU is also launching ‘The Ocean Tracker’, an interactive map to follow the over 10 billion euros commitments already made.

Clean oceans initiative makes remarkable progress in its first year

The Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the KfW Group on behalf of the German Federal Government highlighted the development achieved concerning the Clean Oceans Initiative during the IMF/World Bank Group meetings. The partners also welcomed the Spanish Promotional Bank ICO and its commitment to join the initiative.

UK leads the 30by30 initiative in protection of the ocean

The UK announced in late September a new global alliance, 30by30 initiative, which aims to alert on ocean’s safety and protection of its wildlife, while pushing for at least a 30% of the global ocean to be protected in Marine Protected Areas by 2030.

Norway acquires tech-centre to focus on ocean protection

The World Economic Forum collaborates with Aker group, presenting the Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution Norway (C4IR Norway) aiming to harness advances in technology in protection of the oceans and improve shipping’s environmental footprint. 

EU/IMO project to increase energy efficiency in shipping

A global network of maritime technology cooperation centres has completed an array of pilot projects over the last three years, aiming to drive forward the changes which are necessary to reduce GHG emissions from shipping.

Port of Seattle gathers stakeholders in fight for orcas’ protection

The Port of Seattle, Port of Tacoma, Northwest Seaport Alliance, Washington State Ferries, NOAA, and the Puget Sound Partnership gathered along with experts and shipping stakeholders to address ways to reduce noise pollution in efforts to protect the endangered population of Southern Resident killer whales.

Five sustainability challenges for shipping by 2030

Managing cost, digitalization and environmental regulations are some of the key challenges shipping will have to encounter in the next 5-10 years, industry experts said on the sidelines of the latest SAFETY4SEA Athens Forum, which took place in Eugenides Foundation on 2 October.

IEA proposes Estonia to follow an eco-friendly energy plan

According to IEA, Estonia’s energy supply is one of a kind amongst IEA member countries, as the country relies to its domestically produced oil shale, which dominates electricity generation. Yet, Estonia’s energy independence results to the country being the highest carbon intensity of all IEA countries.

EU, Germany alert on urgency of ocean governance

The European Commission and Germany conducted the first Marine Regions Forum, September 30, with experts focusing on the importance of ocean governance and the adoption of a cross-border and interdisciplinary cooperation to achieve healthy, safe and productive seas.

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