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20 July 2019 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 07:01 GMT+2

April 3, 2019

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For a marine transport to emissions zero they are necessary stable political choices and a fair and substantial quota financings

It has emphasized Laurence Martin (Federation of the Mare/ENMC) taking part to the Future conference to high level "for Ocean Blue Governance and Growth"

The blue economy of the European Union is growing constantly and, with a turnover of beyond 560 billion euros, it creates places of work in order almost 3,5 million people. It has emphasized Laurence Martin, vice-secretary general of the Federation of the Sea, that Maritime Networks of Clusters are taken part yesterday on behalf of the ENMC (European), organization of which Italy with Vincenzo Petrone stops the vice-presidency, to the Future conference to high level "for Ocean Blue Governance and Growth" that has held to Brussels near the European Parliament. The encounter has been organized with the participation of the main marine institutions from the European deputy portuguese José Inácio Faria of the Ambient Commission, for faced three important topics: to model the governance total of the ocean for the future, to obtain healthy and clean seas within 2030, to promote a sustainable blue economy.

"The marine industry - it has emphasized Laurence Martin - is a vital and strategic field for Europe. Beyond to having an enormous coastal dimension, with the tourism that derive some, and numerous important cities, whose development is still legacy to the sea, Europe is marine high power: 90% of the international commerce, 80% of the foreign trade of the EU and 40% of the internal commerce of the EU use navigation. Moreover, the European shipowners control almost 40% of world-wide the mercantile fleet and are actors key in the shipping. The European shipbuilding industry - it has added Martin - is world leader regarding the cruise ships and the yachts from diporto, while the industry of production of equipment and members of the EU serves half of the world-wide fleet. The European activity of fishing carries out an important role in our alimentary politics".

Relatively to the emissions of the shipping, that they represent 3.1% of the total emissions of co2 and that without the adoption of adequate measures they would increase ulteriorly in the next few years (until 250% within 2050, second some sources), Laurence Martin, making reference to the affirmations of one of the associations present enviromentalists, has restated that the European shipowners want to navigate with ships clean and for this they have put normative new IMO, while they are similar ships that the ship yards, together with suppliers, university and institutes of search want to plan and to construct. Martin, specifying that to reduce the emissions of gas-greenhouse of the shipping he is fundamental, has evidenced that on this the marine industry is engaging and shares the Maritime norm of the International Organization (IMO) that establishes to a 2050 increase of the emissions of gas-greenhouse limited to 50% of the level of 2008. Moreover - it has remembered - from 2020 the norm IMO will take effect all over the world that previews a limit of 0,5% of sulfur in marine fuels.

In order to complete meaningful steps, to assure a transport to emissions zero within 2050 and therefore to contribute to return within that year Europe an economy and a society to neutral climatic impact, the marine field is opened to continue to invest and to experiment, but in order to make it - it has specified Martin - asks stable political choices and needs a fair and substantial quota financing from programs as Horizon Europe. In such a way, Europe will contribute to the total fight to the climatic change, beyond helping the European ship yards to face the competition in terms of innovation and to allow the planning and the construction of the more innovative types of ships. For these reasons - it has observed - Europe and its Member States must now act to political level, in support of the fields of navigation, the construction and the marine technologies.

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