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.
A group of 10 NGOs, including T&E, has cautiously welcomed a Commission green paper which floats the idea that the shipping industry could be forced to fund an international ship scrapping scheme.
The NGO Platform on Shipbreaking is calling for urgent implementation of the recommendations contained in the European Commission´s (EC) "Green Paper on Better Ship Dismantling", released today.
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.
Editorial by João Vieira
Shipping is sometimes the forgotten means of transport. There seems to be a general assumption that it is generally environment-friendly, although that may be mainly because the contribution of ships to climate change, air and marine pollution has been outside public debate for many years. But there are signs that this may be changing, which could be good news for shipping, as people are starting to wake up to the environmental damage caused by maritime transport.
Two studies suggest CO2 emissions from shipping are double those of aviation and increasing rapidly.