A new study on emissions in Israeli ports found that the air pollution created by ships at Haifa and Ashdod ports are extremely high and similar in scope to a large power plant running exclusively on diesel fuel oil. Most of these emissions are emitted during the hoteling stage of the vessel.
The municipality of Oslo has made clear that the Port of Oslo has a plan to become the world’s first emission-free port. The port also has a contract with the marine tech firm, Norled in order to switch three ferries to electric power, with the first being delivered earlier in September.
In fact, The UNEP Emissions Gap Report for 2019 which was launched on Tuesday, November 26, warns that the world is heading for a 3.2 degrees Celsius global temperature rise over pre-industrial levels, leading to even wider-ranging and more destructive climate impacts, even if countries meet commitments in accordance with the 2015 Paris Agreement.
Cruise ships visiting Reykjavik harbour cause more emissions than the entire fleet of year-round fishing ships at the same port, according to the port authority’s data, revealing that cruise ships released 14,300 tonnes of emissions at the port, a 50% increase from 2016.
During the IMO’s 31st Assembly session, shipping stakeholders gathered to discuss about the path towards the 2020 sulphur cap, with the Secretary General’s, Kitack Lim, opening speech calling for concrete action to tackle climate change.
Taiwan fined four ships NT$ 100,000 each, which is around USD$ 3,300, for violating the new emissions control area (ECA) regulations, according to local media citing a note from the Ministry of Transportation and Communications.
Both IMO as well as the shipping sector, including refineries and fuel (bunker) suppliers have been rapidly preparing for the upcoming 2020 sulphur cap, keeping in mind that it is about two months away; Thus, the IMO conducted a roundtable meeting to discuss the future of shipping fuels, the availability of compliant fuel and the FONAR.
The path towards 2020 sulphur cap remains challenging, especially for those operators that have invested in open loop scrubbers, after many ports have announced that they are restricting or completely banning ships from using fuel cleaning systems that pump waste water into the sea.
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.
The European Network calls the decision makers to fasten their process on officializing a Mediterranean ECA, commenting that the plan for the designation of a MedECA that was discussed during the UNEP Mediterranean Action Plan meeting “is by far not ambitious enough in timing and scope.”
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