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The European Commission have devised a plan to encourage the development of technologies for the sustainable development of the EU in line with their United Nations based SDG agendas. This includes many initiatives to reduce greenhouse gases in industry, transport and home building, some examples of which will be featured on this and other pages in a progressive review of the State of the Union.
EMISSIONS and OCEAN LITTER
1. Decarbonising Long Distance Shipping: September 2019 - January 2020, and
2. Pilot Action for the removal of Marine Litter: October 2019 - January 2020.
HORIZON CALL: SEPTEMBER 2019 - JANUARY 2020 - DECARBONISING LONG DISTANCE SHIPPING
In relation to the targets for the above call the Commission envisage that working together with, for example operators, ship builders, marine equipment manufacturers, fuel and energy suppliers and others research will address the development of technologies combined with operational practices to substantially reduce GHG emissions from long distance shipping in line with the IMO's targets, without increasing other forms of pollution.
CALL: OCTOBER 2019 - JANUARY 2020 - PILOT
ACTION FOR REMOVAL OF MARINE LITTER
HORIZON CALLS FOR CLEAN TRANSPORT
There are many calls looking for cleaner burning liquid fuels, presumably for internal combustion engines, but none so far for EV fast charge service stations, despite the fact that 95% of all battery electric vehicles are operating in China.
Shipping’ can be considered as truly an international industry. This is because it serves more than 90% of the world’s trade by the cargo transportation and other merchant ships that do so cleanly and cost effectively. As a result, any particular ship can be governed by a management chain that spans many countries, also these ships spend most of their times at sea between various jurisdictions. Therefore, it was felt in the beginning of the last century that there was a need of a universal governing body that in turn laid down rules and standards to regulate the shipping process and the industry worldwide. Thus the International maritime organization came into being.
BIODIVERSITY COP HISTORY
DESERTIFICATION COP HISTORY
CLIMATE CHANGE COP HISTORY
EUROPEAN MARITIME DAY THEMES
* Brussels 2008: "A regional approach to the implementation of Maritime Policy"
* Rome 2009: "Integrated Maritime Policy and the contribution of maritime clusters"
* Gijón 2010: "How to foster innovation?"
* Gdansk 2011: "Maritime Policy: Putting People First"
* Gothenburg 2012: "Sustainable Growth from the Oceans, Seas and Coasts"
* Valletta 2013: "Coastal Development and Sustainable Maritime Tourism"
* Bremen 2014: "Innovation driving Blue Growth"
* Piraeus 2015: "Ports and Coasts, Gateways to Maritime Growth"
* Turku 2016: "Investing in blue growth – smart and sustainable solutions"
* Poole 2017: "The Future of our Seas"
* Burgas 2018: Bulgaria "TBA"
* Lisbon 2019: Portugal "TBA"
* Cork 2020: Ireland "TBA"
* Den Helder 2021: The Netherlands "TBA"
* Ravenna 2022: Italy "TBA"
* Brest 2023: France "TBA"
* Svendborg 2024: Denmark "TBA"
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