The long awaited European Commission White Paper on Transport has called for at least a 40% reduction in carbon emissions by 2050 and for improved sharing of information amongst Member States on ship-source waste.

The long awaited European Commission White Paper on Transport has called for at least a 40% reduction in carbon emissions by 2050 and for improved sharing of information amongst Member States on ship-source waste.

Calling for a reduction in carbon emissions of 40% (if feasible 50%) by 2050 compared to 2005 levels, the paper backs an improvement to the ‘environmental record of shipping’ through better technology, fuels and operations.

On ship-source pollution the paper proposes a further roll out of the information exchange initiative SafeSeaNet.

The paper also supports an international approach to regulating shipping GHG emissions.

However, it now seems that EU action on shipping GHG emissions must progress when considering the division in ranks amongst member states of the International regulator, the IMO.

 

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