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Parliamentary questions
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2 August 2019
E-002513-19
Question for written answer E-002513-19
to the Commission
Rule 138
Julie Lechanteux (ID)

 Subject:  The British Clean Maritime Plan — a promising sustainable transition strategy for maritime transport

On 11 July 2019, the UK’s Maritime Minister, Nusrat Ghani, declared that, as part of a new plan to cut maritime pollution, all new vessels ordered from 2025 which will operate in UK waters will have to be equipped with zero-emission-capable technologies(1).

The plan, known as the Clean Maritime Plan(2), is the UK’s road map for sustainable growth which is intended to pave the way for zero-emission navigation.

By following this pragmatic approach to the issue, which stands in stark contrast to the Commission’s 2013 strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the same sector(3), the UK will become the first G7 country to take practical short-term measures.

A sustainable transition policy for maritime transport cannot be achieved without a financial policy that includes a stimulus for shipyards and port infrastructure in Europe.

In the light of the above, how and when will the Commission actually start implementing its sustainable transition strategy for maritime transport?

(1)https://www.gov.uk/government/news/ambitious-targets-to-cut-shipping-emissions
(2)https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/clean-maritime-plan-maritime-2050-environment-route-map
(3)https://ec.europa.eu/transparency/regdoc/rep/1/2013/EN/1-2013-479-EN-F1-1.Pdf

Original language of question: FR 
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