European Parliament suggests ways to boost plastics recycling

Members of the European Parliament proposed new incentives to collect marine litter at sea, new EU-wide standards and definitions for biodegradability and compostability, and a complete EU ban on oxo-degradable plastic by 2020. This non-binding draft resolution was adopted on September 13 with 597 votes to 15 and 25 abstentions.

Financing the clean energy transition

As the global community becomes more interested in- and aware of- the devastating impacts of climate change, more and more industries have shown a shift towards environmentally-friendly solutions. This could not leave the financial sector unaffected. But how financial institutions form part of the green transition?

Wärtsilä presents initiative to transform the marine and energy industry

During SMM, Wärtsilä announced a global initiative to transform the world’s marine and energy industry into an efficient, ecologically sound and digitally connected ecosystem. The initiative is called ‘An Oceanic Awakening’. Wärtsilä aims to connect 20 of the most influential marine cities by 2020 into a network.

Watch: Aquadrone cleans ports and harbours from waste

In an attempt to reduce the vast amount of plastic in the oceans, the Dutch company RanMarine Technology built an aquadrone that sucks up garbage from the water. The drone is called the WasteShark, and it can remove up to 200 liters of trash in one trip, as well as alien/pest flora.

Arctic cruise operators commit to less plastic, more beach cleanups

This summer, Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators is working with cruise operators on identifying how the expedition cruise industry can drastically reduce the use of disposable plastics on ships. AECO will also continue to engage thousands of cruise passengers in beach cleanups in the Arctic.

Environmental sustainability the biggest challenge for shipping

In an exclusive interview with SAFETY4SEA, Mr. Nick Brown, Communications Director at Bureau Veritas, invites industry to continue bridging the gender gap and supporting effective leadership by setting clear targets and avoiding micro-managing. Mr. Brown also notes that the recent IMO strategy for emissions reduction is currently the biggest challenge.

A Whale of a tale: Protecting whales in busy waterways

Whales travel all around the world’s oceans, communicating with complex sounds. They currently are at the top of the food chain and play an important role in the overall health of the marine environment. However, despite their size and importance, they are in serious danger. Today 6 out of the 13 great whale species are endangered, even after decades of protection. So one issue emerges: Protecting whales. What can we do to protect whales and what has already been done to save these creatures?

World’s first renewables and hydrogen ship arrives in Athens

‘Energy Observer’, the world’s first ship powered by renewables and hydrogen, arrived at Flisvos Marina in Athens. The Greek capital is the 20th stopover of its world tour, which aims to raise awareness on energy transition. Because it is powered by renewables, and due to its double storage composed of batteries and hydrogen, the vessel can achieve energy autonomy.

Eni reports 15% emissions reduction in upstream operations

In its sustainability report for 2017, Italian oil and gas giant Eni details its work undertaken in three key areas: climate change, operating model and cooperation with communities and third parties, with a view to improve access to energy. The report reveals a reduction in emissions from oil and gas operations and a reduction of casualties as well.

ExxonMobil announces GHG reduction measures

American energy major ExxonMobil announced greenhouse gas reduction measures, including a 15% decrease in methane emissions and a 25% reduction in flaring. The company also revealed its intention to improve energy efficiency in refining and chemical manufacturing facilities.