Shipping industry must clean up its act, say ministers

EU transport ministers have called on the shipping industry to accelerate progress toward full decarbonisation and for “a robust and effective enforcement” of green rules at a global level.

A declaration, signed Wednesday at an informal ministerial meeting hosted by the Croatian presidency in Opatija, aims to support “clean alternative fuels, including LNG as a transitional fuel and the associated infrastructure”, along with adequate facilities for the reception of waste from ships, the implementation of a global sulphur cap and a sulphur emission control area in the Mediterranean.

It also calls on the European Commission and member states to “intensify efforts to maintain a global level playing field based on high international standards for safety, environment, skills and labour conditions” in the face of “unfair trade practices”.

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