Findings from an impact assessment from France show the potential for a decrease in nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels up to 76% through the implementation of an Emissions Control Area in the Mediterranean region. Additional findings confirmed up to 6,000 lives can be saved every year from reducing air pollution from shippers in the Mediterranean through switching to better grade marine fuels and the ECA.
“The study shows the need for a Mediterranean emission control area. The French environmental ministry must now take its role as a leader and search for support in as much Mediterranean countries as possible,” explained Charlotte Lepitre, health policy officer at FNE.
“We see that a combined sulphur and nitrogen emission control area will have the greatest effect for the people living in the coastal areas. If governments cooperate well such a regulation could come into effect as early as 2022,” said Beate Klünder, transport policy officer at NABU.
Additional findings from the report confirmed a 100 percent reduction in SO2 in port areas and a 76 percent decrease in NO2 for coastal areas and East of the Mediterranean Sea. Additionally, the report outlined the efforts can prevent 6,000 premature deaths due to the reduction of the particle pollution. The ECA also has the potential to bring 8 to 14 billion Euro savings of health costs per year
“Now that there is clear evidence for significant socio-economic benefits there is no excuse to further postpone an implementation. Any delay let people suffer longer than necessary and that is not acceptable at all.”
For more information on the report and its findings, please visit: https://en.nabu.de/imperia/md/content/nabude/verkehr/hg_mediterranean_eca_final.pdf
Flow Water’s team of marine engineers has created an innovative and cost effective solution designed specifically for shippers. FlowSafe, an eco-friendly, offset CO2 neutral ballast water management system provides a compliant and compact solution for hard-to-fit tankers or pump rooms, at almost no operational costs.
“We are launching an innovative ballast water treatment solution specifically for the shipping industry, especially for difficult to fit vessels, after extensive consultation with global ship owners and operators,” said Mark Hadfield, Chief Executive Officer, Flow Water. “Using innovative technology, we have developed a safe and compliant system that is offset CO2 neutral, simple to use, and which offers close to no operational costs.”
Additionally, the Flow Water Academy, which serves as the company’s very own training facility that opened this month, will provide students opportunities to learn about the water ballasting process with each FlowSafe purchase.
“The Academy will train Cyprus Maritime Academy Students, technicians, and clients who purchase FlowSafe,“ said Hadfield.
“It will become the first Academy in the world to offer International Organization for Standardization (ISO) certifications in water ballasting technology testing. Crew and owners will be able to work hands on with live ballast water using US Coast Guard (USCG) approved test equipment.”
A Certificate of Appreciation was presented to outsourced ULD management partner, Jettainer, during this year’s Oman Air Cargo Awards ceremony. The annual event, which took place on January 23, honored its partners that supported efforts for company growth.
“We are on the path of achieving the goals set by our Group Company in line with the 2040 vision for Oman, in which the logistics industry has become an integral element of Oman’s future development plans. 2018 has been a successful year for Oman Air Cargo with a year on year growth in terms of revenue,” said Mohammed Al Musafir, Senior Vice President, Oman Air Cargo.
Jettainer’s “Best Service Provider” award directly acknowledged its efforts to reduce the existing fleet of Oman Air Cargo in October 2017 which resulted in an overall reduction of CO² emissions.
“The award for Oman Air Cargo is something very special for two reasons. Firstly, because the customers are the ones who are best placed to evaluate our service and the honors they bestow on us. Secondly, because we have only been working for Oman Air Cargo since the end of 2017 and our ULD management has been convincing right from the start,” comments Carsten Hernig, Managing Director of Jettainer GmbH.
Build Your Dreams, which announced increasing efforts for lowered emissions in the coming years earlier last week, shows approval and appreciation to the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States for confirming next steps in producing a low-carbon transportation system, currently deemed as the “cap and invest” program, according to a release from BYD this week.
Stemming from multiple suggestions from hundreds of stakeholders in a series of listening sessions TCI hosted, the decision will ultimately align with the group idea of transforming transportation through modernization and infrastructure changes.
“Given that more than one-third of all carbon emissions come from transportation, implementing a region-wide ‘cap and invest’ program is a critical step towards reducing our growing climate threat,” said BYD President Stella Li. “Replacing the region’s dirty diesel trucks and buses with affordable zero-emission models is a win-win that will reduce greenhouse gases as well as toxic emissions that have been linked with increased asthma emergencies, cancer, and even premature death.”
Li also commented on the supportive efforts align with the recent Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative launched in 2009 to reduce CO2 emissions:
“Electric vehicles are no longer just cars. Cities, states, and fleet operators can now use electric power to replace transit buses, waste collection trucks, refrigerated food and other urban delivery trucks, and port equipment,” Li said