The leading issue of European ports is still air quality which remains the number one environmental priority of the ports, as it was in 2013, according to the European Sea Ports Organization’s (ESPO) 2016 environmental review.
“This is fully in line with the priority given to the subject at EU political level. The implementation of the Sulphur Directive and the ongoing political process on the air quality package have a clear role to play here,” ESPO said.
Energy consumption was placed as the second priority issue of European ports, as the importance of energy consumption has raised year over year since 2009 due to “the direct link between energy consumption, and the carbon footprint of the ports and climate change”.
Noise appears in number three and has remained a top priority issue since 2004.
The relationship with the local community, port development and water quality gained importance and moved to the fourth position, followed by the two waste items, port waste and ship waste, on the fifth and sixth positions, respectively.
World Maritime News - 28/03/2016
Soumis par Charles F le ven, 01/04/2016 - 16:37