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RTG Open House at UGS on 31-05-2018


It was a very important moment for all of us at Real Time Graduates yesterday, when the RTG Open House was held at the offices of the Union of Greek Shipowners (UGS).

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Environment – Reducing Shipping Greenhouse Gas Emissions (port-based incentive schemes)


This report reviews port-based incentive schemes to reduce shipping emissions, such as environmentally differentiated port fees. Greenhouse gas emissions from shipping currently represent around 2.6% of total global emissions, but this share could more than triple by 2050. Ports have a crucial role to play in facilitating the reduction of shipping emissions, alongside the ship operators themselves. Which incentives are currently used? What are their impacts? How could positive effects be increased? The report also explores lessons learned that could inform international negotiations on the reduction of shipping greenhouse gas emissions.

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Environmental Impacts of Ports


The activities in ports can cause a lot of pollution with ships, cargo handling equipment, transport trucks and the like producing harmful diesel emissions. This results in ports and surrounding, heavily populated areas suffering from poor air quality, which in turn, may cause illnesses in people such as asthma, cancer and other maladies. It can also diminish marine life that cannot thrive in polluted waters. As a result, ports undertake environmental protection projects to lessen the negative impact on the community.

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