August 2020 | Shipping is considered to be one of the world’s major polluters. That ships are now entering the market for sustainable financial investments as a “green deal” initially seems paradoxical. Let’s talk about environmental protection in shipping!
Now, as with any other issue, it is important not to generalize. Many people automatically associate environmental protection with climate protection and in particular with the emission of carbon dioxide (CO2), which has demonstrably serious effects on climate change.
What is often not known is that CO2 emissions in shipping are lower than those of land or air transport, and that with significantly higher freight volumes per transport. And CO2 is not the only greenhouse gas. In addition, there are other challenges to environmental compatibility that are being actively addressed.
In our series “Environmental Protection in Shipping” we get to the bottom of various pollutants. After all, background knowledge is needed. How green is a “green deal” like the Green Ship Token from the shipping company Vogemann?
Therefore, we put the different pollutants into a suitable context. We describe which measures Vogemann takes to meet the legal requirements. And on top also its own demands for a modern, environmentally friendly shipping.
After all, “only” initiating a Green Deal and issuing the Green Ship Token is not all the traditional company is contributing. At Vogemann, ecology and economy have always gone hand in hand.
Who regulates the environmental protection requirements in shipping?
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is responsible for regulation. Its Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC) summarizes the requirements for environmental protection in MARPOL (International Convention of Pollution from Ships). It covers numerous environmental aspects. This includes the prevention of air pollution, wastewater treatment and pollution by oil, waste or other pollutants.