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EU Commission: Still room for improvement on Paris Agreement goals

The European Commission launched its assessment of Member States’ draft plans, to implement the EU’s Energy Union goals, focusing on the agreed EU 2030 energy and climate goals. The assessment highlights that although the plans represent significant efforts, there’s still room for improvement, concerning individual policies to be sure of the efficient delivery of 2030 targets.

Ports Australia to give emphasis on sustainability

Ports Australia published a document highlighting sustainability. Named Ports and a Sustainable Australia, the report presents efforts from ports around the country to improve Australia for future generations. The report is separated into five categories provided by the World Ports Sustainability Program that sorts the UN Sustainable Development Goals in a way that can be applied to Ports.

Oceans at risk: the rise of the blue economy

It’s 2019, and we’re almost four years into the 2030 agenda for the sustainable development goals. Through the past year, the world has seen flooding, hurricanes, melting icecaps, desert spreading, draught, oceans warming – waves of plastic, animals losing their natural habitats, notes Silje Bareksten.

UN to analyze future ocean strategies at Nor-Shipping 2019

The UN Global Compact will hold a High Level Meeting on Ocean as part of Nor-Shipping 2019, gathering politicians, maritime and ocean industry executives, UN representatives, NGOs and other key stakeholders in Oslo. UNGC will also launch its new report ‘Global Goals – Ocean Opportunities’, in which it assesses a multi-stakeholder approach to how ocean industries can meet the UN Sustainability Goals.

New initiative formed to achieve zero emissions at sea

A group of six Nordic industry companies has formed a partnership to develop new infrastructure for green fuels for ships. The initiative is called Zero Emission Energy Distribution at Sea (ZEEDS) and consists of Wärtsilä, Equinor, DFDS, Kvaerner, Aker Solutions, and Grieg Star.

Commodity-dependent countries reach highest level in 20 years

The number of commodity-dependent countries has reached its highest level in 20 years, increasing from 92 between 1998 and 2002 to 102 between 2013 and 2017, according to a new report by UNCTAD. This makes necessary a faster progress for meeting the UN sustainable development goals.

Stena Line increases female leaders in 2018

Swedish ferry operator Stena Line improved its gender diversity in the past year, with a reported increase of female leaders from 16 % to 19 %, the company said in its annual sustainability review released this week. Gender equality and inclusion was introduced as a new focus area in 2018.

WOC joins alliance to promote ocean sustainability under UN SDGs

The World Ocean Council (WOC) – the Global Blue Economy Business Organization – announced it has become an official ally of the World Benchmarking Alliance, aiming to advance development of sustainability criteria for global ocean business community.

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