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Maritime transport: first step to reduce emissions

The European Commission today took the first step towards cutting greenhouse gas emissions from the shipping industry. It proposed legislation which will require owners of large ships using EU ports to monitor and report the ships’ annual carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. The Commission also published a Communication setting out its strategy to address and reduce these emissions, preferably through measures at global level. Source: European Commission

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7th Annual CLIA Europe Conference

“The European Cruise Industry: Making a Difference, Contributing to Growth, Committed to Sustainability” On Tuesday 25 June 2013 key personalities from the European cruise industry gathered in Brussels for the 7th Annual CLIA Europe Conference at the Steingenberger Grand Hotel. The conference brought together high-level speakers from the European Institutions, member states and the industry to debate key issues for the sector, from consumer confidence to visa issues, from the state of the European cruise industry to environmental regulation and operational safety.…

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European trains will soon become less noisy

New, quieter brake blocks, which could reduce the noise of rail wagons by 50 %, will be soon introduced in the EU market as the European Railway Agency has authorised innovative LL brake blocks intended for rail freight wagons. This is the final step of many years of development and technical tests, conducted by the block manufacturers and the International Union of Railways, and a landmark for effective rail noise abatement in the European Union. Source: European Commission

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Europe’s Seaports 2030: Challenges Ahead

The Commission’s has identified 319 key European seaports which are essential for the efficient functioning of the internal market and the European economy2, of these 83 are recognised as being “core network” ports3. The Commission’s port review focuses on these 319 ports as a basis for a highly functioning European ports network managing 96% of goods and 93% of passengers which transit through the EU ports. Source: European Commission

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