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Air quality continues to be the top environmental priority for ports

ESPO presented its annual Environmental Report for 2019, including more than 60 different environmental performance benchmarks containing figures on the green services to shipping, as well as the Top 10 Environmental Priorities of the European ports. 94 ports participated in this year’s report.

Decarbonisation of the shipping industry: yes we can, because we must

As the shipping is becoming more and more interested in reducing its emissions, Chris Chatterton, COO of the Methanol Institute, discusses about the challenges arising from decarbonisation for the maritime sector. The next decade and beyond will be far more complex for the shipping industry than the previous one and the carbon challenge sits behind every analysis, Mr. Chatterton argues.

California offers financial incentives to cut emissions and protect whales

California started an initiative to reduce air pollution and protect whales. The program “Protecting Blue Whales and Blue Skies” will start on July 1 and will last until November 15, 2018, establishing vessel speed reduction zones in the Santa Barbara Channel region and San Francisco Bay area.

Human activity able to decrease ozone depletion

HCFCs are being heavily used different types of actions within vessels, from air-conditioning to conditioning cargo. Nowadays, many vessels are beginning to phase out the use of older compounds, adopting new techniques and materials which are more efficient for the environment.

Taiwan to reduce air pollution after recent red alerts

The Environmental Protection Administration in Taiwan, instructed Taiwanese port authorities to reduce pollution as much as possible, after a severe air pollution was noticed in the country. Furthermore, Taiwan’s Executive Yuan announced an action plan to cut air pollution and foster renewable energy. 

IMO training inspects green practices

An IMO training in Malaysia has seen port State control officers practice inspecting air pollution and energy efficiency rules aboard a container ship in Johor Port. The participants from across Malaysia have been taking part in the three-day workshop (13-15 February) focusing on how to effectively enforce IMO’s MARPOL Annex VI regulations.

New partnership to ensure environmental protection

The Danish Shipowners’ Association, the Ministry of Environment and Food of Denmark and the Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs have concluded a partnership to strengthen cooperation and dialogue across Blue Denmark within the maritime environmental area.

EPA urges Port Authority to reconsider plan for cleaner trucks

In an effort to improve air quality, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency urged the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to reconsider plan for replacing 60,000 old diesel trucks with with ‘cleaner’ trucks that will produce less pollution.

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