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.

A new international report on the effects of climate change on our oceans has served as a serious warning of the need for drastic cuts in CO2 in advance of the COP21 climate talks in Paris in November.

The European Environment Agency’s State of Europe’s Seas report released today warns that marine environmental degradation combined with ever increasing exploitation is pushing our seas, and therefore also our planetary ecosystems, to the brink of collapse.

In an unprecedented encyclical Laudato Si (Praise Be To You) on the environment and climate change, the Pope has called “to move forward in a bold cultural revolution”, proposing an ‘integral ecology’ to reinstate ethics and values in economy, politics and society as a whole.