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UNCLOS revised draft aims to facilitate dialogue

A revised draft text of an agreement under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) concerning the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction has been made available on Wednesday, November 27, 2019.

GREEN Watch: What would you change for a greener shipping?

Our special column asked from the winners of the first GREEN4SEA – EUROPORT Awards, which were announced in early November on the sidelines of EUROPORT, to assess the environmental status of shipping and suggest ways to move forward and change the path toward a more sustainable future. 

GREEN Watch: How can the industry enhance its environmental performance?

Our special column asked from the winners of the first GREEN4SEA – EUROPORT Awards, which were announced in early November on the sidelines of EUROPORT, to assess the environmental status of the shipping industry and suggest ways to move forward and change the path toward a more sustainable future. 

Rystad expects US to become energy-independent

Rystad Energy forecasts that US will become energy-independent in the following months, whereas by 2030 US’s energy production will outpace primary energy demand by about 30%.

Renewables company receives grant for wind-wave technology system

European Regional Development Fund awarded Marine Power Systems GBP 4.3 million to develop a system that includes a technology with both floating offshore wind and wave energy, boosting the opportunities for energy generation in deep water locations.

UK Labour Party to impose windfall taxes to oil firms if elected, amid climate change

The UK Labour Party published its pre-elections manifesto reporting an £11 billion windfall tax on oil companies and delist procedures from the London Stock Exchange those who make no efforts in tackling climate change. In its manifesto, the Party discussed all urgent matters that affect the UK today, paying extra attention to the energy sector and the importance of moving towards more sustainable and green actions.

Governments to produce 50% more climate-compliant fossil fuels by 2030

The United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) issued a report assessing countries’ plans and outlooks for fossil fuel production highlighting a significant production gap. The report was produced by leading research organizations, including the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), International Institute for Sustainable Development, Overseas Development Institute, CICERO Centre for International Climate and Environmental Research, Climate Analytics, and UNEP, and more than 50 researchers from numerous universities and research organizations contributed to the analysis and review.

IAPH, PortXL to develop a platform for port innovation

IAPH has added maritime accelerator PortXL as partner onto its World Ports Sustainability Program. An agreement was signed last week to develop a worldwide innovation platform, where ports can engage in pilots and partnerships with start-ups and scale-ups.  

Watch: Surge in wave and tidal energy activity expected in 2020

Ocean Energy Systems (OES), an intergovernmental collaboration between countries to advance energy research, issued its annual report for 2018 noting that ocean energy progresses at a policy level within a global energy market that is seeing significant change, while the imperative and drivers for renewable energy continue to increase.

Better ocean management could supply six times more food, study finds

A smarter management of wild fisheries and sustainable development of marine aquaculture (mariculture) could enable the ocean to supply over six times more food than it does today, while helping restore the health of ocean ecosystems, a new report by the High-Level Panel on a Sustainable Ocean Economy argues.

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