A number of conservation NGOs have cautiously welcomed a call by major industry association Cosmetics Europe to its 4,000 members to phase out the use of solid microplastic ingredients in wash-off cosmetic and personal care products.  

Brussels - Late last night, fisheries ministers agreed on the quotas for ten Baltic Sea stocks, ignoring scientific advice and fixing fishing limits above sustainable levels for seven of the stocks.

 

The aviation and shipping sectors are set to be exempt from targeted CO2 emissions cuts in the December Paris climate agreement, according to the latest draft deal. This is an irresponsible U-turn, say environmental groups Seas At Risk and Transport & Environment. CO2 emissions from the two sectors are set to grow by up to 250% by 2050, making attempts to limit global warming to 2°C all but impossible.

Brussels - Statement by the Clean Shipping Coalition in response to the recent statement by the Secretary General of the IMO, Mr Koji Sekimizu on the subject of shipping and climate change.

Brussels - In a move supported by Seas At Risk and other environment NGOs Seven of the eight political groups in the European Parliament’s Environment Committee have written to the 28 EU Environment Ministers to insist that shipping and aviation be included in any global climate deal negotiated in Paris this November.

Brussels – An evaluation of the Port Reception Facilities directive has found that it has been effective in increasing volumes of ship generated garbage delivered to ports, but that wide variety of cost recovery systems used across Europe are restricting the potential effectiveness in preventing ship waste dumping.

The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries has been conducting a number of ongoing public consultations over the summer, many of which are still open or have been extended to facilitate greater involvement.

Brussels - Over half a million European citizens have responded to a consultation on the EU’s nature protection laws to urge the Commission to protect and enhance existing rules such as the Birds and Habitats Directives.

This July saw the 21st session of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) in Jamaica, where the pressing issue of how to regulate deep sea mining dominated the agenda. Seas At Risk joined other NGOs in calling for alternatives to this potentially damaging activity.

Strasbourg - Seas At Risk is today welcoming the European Parliament’s call for an EU marine litter reduction target of 50% by 2025, which Seas At Risk and its members have been advocating.