The European Green Deal is a programme outlined in the political guidelines of the incoming President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen. It aims to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050, while boosting the competitiveness of European industry and ensuring a just transition for the regions and workers affected. Preserving Europe’s natural environment and biodiversity, a ‘farm to fork’ strategy for sustainable food, and a new circular economy action plan are other key elements. Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans will be in charge of leading and coordinating the work on the European Green Deal. A Commission communication on the matter is expected on 11 December, ahead of the next European Council meeting, starting the following day.
In 2017, Sør-Trøndelag County Council realised that it had to do something to lower the emissions of the public ferry services. Otherwise, the County would not be able to achieve its own climate goals. Six speedboats emit the same as 1000 busses. Therefore Trøndelag conducted together with 10 other Norwegian Counties in 2018-2019 a pre-commercial procurement (PCP) to challenge industry to develop emission free high speed ferry boats. Five consortia delivered on the challenge and the Counties are now getting to procure the new emission free boat services.
Madrid, 2 December 2019
On behalf of the whole European shipping industry, ECSA welcomes the confirmation of the new College of the European Commission, under the leadership of Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.
The European Union (EU) Member States reported more than 400 new climate change mitigation policies between 2017 and 2019, according to data released today by the European Environment Agency (EEA). EU Member States have now reported more than 1 900 climate actions, most of them targeting energy supply or energy consumption.
The use of hydrogen as a fuel for transport might hold the key for decarbonising our overall energy system, by complementing the generation of electricity from fluctuating renewable energy sources such as wind and solar.