On 17 October 2007 the Portuguese Presidency of the European Union, the German Federal Environment Agency (UBA), the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) and the European Federation for Transport and Environment (T&E) organised a seminar in Brussels to discuss air pollution and emissions of greenhouse gases from maritime transport.
T&E has called on the Commission to start EU action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollutants from ships following the latest failure of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) to take concrete action.
Transport and Environment (T&E) is calling on the EU to introduce measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollutants from ships following the failure of the international organisation responsible to agree on any policy measures to tackle the problem.
The Commission is reported to have confirmed that it will be taking unilateral EU action to regulate emissions from shipping.
The European Commission confirmed on Monday it will propose adding emissions from ships to the European Union emissions trading scheme, according to Reuters.
The EU appears to have delivered an ultimatum to the international shipping community that Europe will take unilateral action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from ships if there is no global action by the end of the year.
Two studies suggest CO2 emissions from shipping are double those of aviation and increasing rapidly.
[mailchimp_signup][/mailchimp_signup]Proceedings of the T&E conference held in Stockholm, Sweden, 21 - 22 April 2005.
An international conference on sustainable port planning and shipping in the Baltic Sea Area.
[mailchimp_signup][/mailchimp_signup]Proceedings from the 'Towards Clean Ships' seminar hosted by T&E and the North Sea Foundation in Brussels on 3 June 2004.