The European Commission launched their plans for the integrated energy system of the future with clean hydrogen in support of the industry’s decarbonization plans.
Major shipping associations jointly developed guidelines on preparation of Inventory of Hazardous Materials, as required by the EU Ship Recycling Regulation. The regulation requires all EU-flagged vessels and non EU-flagged vessels calling at any EU member state to have an IHM onboard, from 31 December 2020, and no extensions on this deadline are awaited.
Criticizing the insufficient progress of IMO emission reporting requirements, the EU took more decisive action to decarbonize the maritime sector. On Tuesday, the Environment Committee voted to include CO2 emissions from the maritime sector in the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) and set a new target of 40% reduction in shipping CO2 by 2030.
European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) recently expressed its support concerning the idea of helping private investors prioritize green and sustainable investments by providing them a clear manual with common definitions.
The adoption of the Single Use Plastic Directive by the European Union in 2019 represented an ambitious step to get rid of the ten most polluting items found on European beaches. However, one year after the entry into force of the directive, the transposition of the legislation into domestic law has stalled in most European countries, Seas at Risk says.
ECSA called on the German Presidency to support a stronger European shipping industry in order to support a rapid European recovery. In addition, another guiding principle of the forthcoming Presidency pertains to sustainability.
By 30 June 2020, ships that used EU ports in 2019 must carry onboard a document certifying that they have fulfilled their obligations under the EU regulation for monitoring, reporting and verification of CO2 emissions for the 2019 reporting period. The comparable deadline under the global IMO data collection system was 31 May 2020.
Shore power supply seems to maintain its position as an attractive choice for European ports striving to lower their air pollution, with two European ports recently revealing plans to implement this solution for reducing emissions of ships at ports.
The 5G Blueprint, a new international research project, focuses on how teleoperation can be used to improve the way transport and losigistics operate efficiently.
In light of the Brexit situation and the plenary vote in the European Parliament on the recommendations of the future EU-UK relations, ECSA expressed its concerns.
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