Ship waste management is ESPO priority
The call from European ports for an efficient but responsible ship waste management policy will be prioritised by ESPO.
As part of its sustainable agenda, ESPO will also place importance on looking at VAT exemptions for onshore power supply (OPS); a strong ‘Connecting Europe’ financial facility; supporting calls for the IMO to deliver an initial CO2 reduction target accompanied by short-term measures in 2018; and reflecting on a review of the first Code of Practice on the societal integration of European ports.
Speaking with regards to a waste management policy at GreenPort’s 2017 conference in Amsterdam, Isabelle Ryckbost, ESPO’s Secretary General, said that ESPO is emphasising that incentive schemes to encourage ships to deliver their garbage at ports must be accompanied by a “right to deliver” that reflects the normal amounts a ship is delivering in a port.
She stated it would not be responsible to allow delivery of unreasonable amounts of garbage for a fixed price, adding that enforcement has to be improved by using the possibilities offered by new technologies.
ESPO believes that a VAT exemption for OPS used by ships at berth would bring OPS on equal footing with the electricity generated onboard ships that benefits from VAT exemption, said Ms Ryckbost. An exemption would also take away an important disadvantage of using OPS and would further contribute to better air quality.
A financial facility for the period 2020-2027 would allow European ports to make the investments needed towards sustainability, she commented. ESPO believes that additional grants and other financial instruments are essential for decarbonising ports, making them more resilient to the consequences of climate change and helping them contribute to decarbonising the economy.
Ms Ryckbost said ports can incentivise ships to go green but an urgently needed global agreement on a target and measures to reduce CO2 from shipping must be achieved by 2023. ESPO supports the submission by IAPH to the IMO.
With a review of the societal integration Code of Practise, ESPO aims to help ports to adapt the port-city relationship and to new infrastructure and environmental challenges.