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Transport 10-09-2019

EU eyes end of energy tax waivers for air and sea transport sectors

The European Union is studying a reform of energy taxes to align them with climate targets, an EU document showed, listing as possible measures higher minimum tax rates, fossil fuel levies and the end of waivers for the air and sea transport sectors.
19-08-2019

World’s largest electric ferry enters service in Denmark

An all-electric ferry, purported to be the world’s largest, completed its first voyage between two Danish islands last week, as the shipping sector gears up for strict new emission laws due to take effect in 2020.
18-07-2019

Oil tanker investments at risk from climate action, report says

Strong action on climate change would shrink demand for vessels by a third, impacting investment decisions being made now, analysts say. EURACTIV’s partner Climate Home News reports.
12-07-2019

UK to order ships with zero emission technology from 2025

The UK government on Thursday (11 July) said all new ships ordered from 2025 and aimed for its waters must be equipped with zero emission technology, as part of a new plan to cut maritime pollution.
04-07-2019

Shipping heavyweights at risk of missing climate targets

The world’s shipping heavyweights are not investing in key technologies to reduce their carbon footprint, putting the sector at risk of missing targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2050, according to the Carbon Disclosure Project.
19-06-2019

Banks to include CO2 emission measures in shipping loan decisions

A group of leading banks will for the first time include efforts to cut carbon dioxide emissions in their decision making when providing shipping company loans, executives said on Tuesday (18 June). International shipping accounts for 2.2% of global carbon...
Politics 03-06-2019

Five Star Movement and Lega clash over cruise ship crash

A near tragedy in Venice on Sunday (2 June) has once again shown how Italy’s co-ruling parties are more and more at loggerheads after last week's EU elections shifted the government's balance of powers towards Matteo Salvini's far-right Lega party.
Transport 11-02-2019

Trusting the accountant: How emissions reporting is set to change

Climate targets can only function if countries, cities and companies report their emissions accurately. A new project hopes to show how reporting should be done, but building trust looks set to play a huge part in overcoming the challenge.
Transport 24-10-2018

US threatens to capsize marine emissions cap

The United States is pushing for a late change to the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) landmark cap on sulphur emissions, throwing into doubt the 2020 implementation date.
Transport 23-08-2018

Shipping giant announces trial run of Arctic sea route

Danish shipping company Maersk will this week send for the first time one of its ships along the Northern Sea Route, an Arctic shipping lane along Russia’s northern coastline that is set to become more important as climate change makes it more viable.
Transport 16-04-2018

Brussels hails UN deal to halve shipping emissions by 2050

Over 170 countries reached agreement on Friday (13 April) to reduce CO2 emissions from shipping by “at least” 50% on 2008 levels by 2050, ending years of slow progress.
Politics 13-02-2018

EU warns Turkey over Cyprus ship incident

The European Union on Monday (13 February) called on Turkey to avoid threats and "refrain from any actions that might damage good neighbourly" ties after Cyprus accused the Turkish military of obstructing a ship exploring for gas.
Air Quality 18-08-2017

World’s largest cruise operator closes in on 2020 emissions target

The world's largest leisure travel company, the Carnival Corporation, looks set to achieve a 25% reduction in carbon emissions before a 2020 deadline, after championing liquefied natural gas (LNG) on cruise ships. EURACTIV's partner edie.net reports.
10-07-2017

Daily emissions of cruise ships same as one million cars

Cruise ships can emit as much particulate matter as a million cars every day and the air quality on deck can be as bad as the world’s most polluted cities, according to a new investigation.
Transport 07-06-2017

Greek ship owners clash with Schäuble over taxation

The inability of German maritime policy to successfully support its domestic shipping industry is the motivation behind Wolfgang Schäuble’s pressure on the Greek government to tax shipping firms, Greek ship owners said in a statement.
Road charging 01-03-2017

Twin EU road toll proposals target pollution and cross-border trucking

EU transport chief Violeta Bulc is expected to announce an overhaul of how countries charge road tolls this May - a controversial issue that has provoked bitter political fights lately and is likely to spark backlash from member states, the shipping industry and truck drivers.

EU ministers likely to oppose EU carbon market regulation of shipping

European Union member states are likely to oppose the regulation of shipping in draft reforms to the bloc’s carbon market.
Climate change 14-02-2017

Cargo companies call for shipping to be regulated by EU’s emissions trading market

European cargo companies have backed plans to regulate shipping under the EU’s Emissions Trading System (ETS), the world’s largest carbon market and one of the bloc’s flagship policies to fight climate change.
Transport 26-10-2016

UN will force shipping to clean up its act

The UN’s International Maritime Organisation (IMO) is pondering measures to cut shipping pollution and bring emissions into line with the Paris Agreement. EURACTIV's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.
Transport 02-09-2016

Study: Shipping air pollution causes 24,000 deaths a year in east Asia

A boom in shipping is aggravating air pollution in China and other nations in east Asia, causing thousands of deaths a year in a region with eight of the world’s ten biggest container ports, scientists have said.
Transport 18-07-2016

Truck cartel to get heavy EU fine: sources

European Union regulators are set to inflict a record fine this week against several of Europe's biggest truck-makers that are accused of colluding to rig higher prices, sources close to the matter told AFP.
A two Euro coin in front of the Acropolis, Greece
Euro & Finance 10-06-2016

Greek shipowners: tax scrutiny will open ‘Pandora’s box’ in EU

Greece's top shipping lobby on Friday (10 June) warned that EU scrutiny of their tax concessions would open a 'Pandora's box' of revelations concerning other states, with harmful consequences all around.
Transport 10-12-2015

US demands 1.5 degree warming limit in COP21 deal

The United States was officially unveiled in Paris on Wednesday (9 December) as the most influential new member of the 'High Ambition Coalition' and immediately threw its weight behind a future 1.5 degree global warming limit in the international climate change agreement negotiations.

Pollution from ships kills thousands each year

Shipping emissions are an invisible killer that cause lung cancer and heart disease, a new study has found, but researchers say the 60,000 deaths they cause each year could be significantly cut by exhaust filtration devices. 

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