maritime transport

EU Commission to propose shipping inclusion in ETS in March

On 12 December, the European Commission will present the European Green Deal as part of its plan to be the first climate neutral continent by 2050, announced the European Commission’s recently-elected President, Ursula von der Leyen, on the sidelines of COP 25 underway in Madrid. 

ESPO: TEN-T review should bring maritime and land links on equal footing

The TEN-T guidelines review should not lead to a complete change of direction in the TEN-T policy, said the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) in a new announcement as the European Commission is currently at the process of reviewing the 2013 TEN-T guidelines with a public consultation. 

Companies commit not to use Arctic shipping routes under new pledge

Nike and and nonprofit environmental group Ocean Conservancy have teamed up to launch the Arctic Shipping Corporate Pledge, a voluntary commitment by consumer goods and shipping logistics companies to not send ships through the rapidly melting sea ice and other unique habitats of the Arctic.

Watch: Researchers test transatlantic underwater hyperloop tunnel

A trans-Atlantic underwater tunnel able to support a hyperloop system is being tested by the Maritime Research Institute Netherlands (Marin), with researchers hoping for a consortium to develop the project and highlight that this mean of transport can act as a less polluting alternative to air travel.

Over 40 organisations jointly call for a strong CEF II

Ahead of the European Parliament’s hearings of the commissioners-designate, a coalition of more than 40 European associations and organisations reiterated their call for a strong transport budget. The budget will be decided by the upcoming negotiations of the Multiannual Financial Framework. 

ECSA: EU State Aid Guidelines ‘highly successful’

Following a report on Maritime Subsidies in OECD countries by the International Transport Forum (ITF) questioning the effectiveness of the EU state aid guidelines (SAG), ECSA noted that the SAG are a profoundly effective instrument to boost the European shipping sector in a highly competitive global environment.

New Port Liner Shipping Connectivity Index application launched

UK-based maritime and freight transport consultancy MDS Transmodal announced the launch of its Port Liner Shipping Connectivity Index (Port LSCI) web application, developed jointly with UNCTAD, which allows subscribers to understand the factors that affect a port’s rating on the index.

New tools help companies reduce emissions in freight transport

Smart Freight Centre and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development released the Smart Freight Procurement Guidelines, and BSR released the Sustainable Freight Procurement Framework. These tools seek to enable organizations to reduce GHG emissions and air pollutants through their freight transport.  

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