Press releases

  1. 14 Aug 2012

    Sulphur dioxide emissions from shipping have sharply decreased in EU ports thanks to an EU policy which limits sulphur content in fuels for ships at berth or at anchor in ports. Scientists at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre measured key air quality parameters in Mediterranean harbours before and after the entry into force of the low-sulphur requirements in January 2010. In European harbours they found an average decrease of 66% i concentrations of sulphur dioxide, a chemical compound that poses risks to health and the environment. Measurements taken in a non-EU port showed that levels of this noxious substance remained the same.

  2. 20 Dec 2010

    Maritime transport causes about 4% of global man-made CO2 emissions which makes its carbon footprint approximately as high as Germany's. There is no regulation of international maritime transport emissions yet, but this is currently under discussion in the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). In respect of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, shipping is the most environmentally-friendly mode of transport. However, if no action is taken, it is estimated that emissions from ships will increase by 150-200% by 2050. At present, around 50,000 merchant ships transport 90% of global goods and make maritime transport indispensable for the world economy. A report published today by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC), provides the first comprehensive overview of methodologies for estimating air emissions from shipping, describes technological solutions and analyses policy options for reducing carbon emissions and air pollution in this sector.

  3. 14 Jun 2007

    A major gathering of the European marine science community, taking place in Aberdeen on 22 June, will agree a contribution to the Commission's Green Paper on Maritime Policy that highlights the importance of research and science to a sound and inclusive European maritime policy. The EU's Research Framework Programmes have a good track record of supporting maritime research for protecting and preserving the marine environment, addressing marine pollution to limit impact on marine biodiversity, marine ecosystems, human health and other legitimate use of our seas and ensuring the sustainability of marine resources, goods and services. In fact, during the 6th Research Framework Programme, some 250 projects received €612 million in funding. Some highlights of this research portfolio are presented to the press today.