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Dutch Shipowners Aspire to a European Green Deal

Following the Dutch Green Deal for Shipping, Inland Navigation and Ports, the Royal Association of Netherlands Shipowners (KVNR) would like to see an ambitious Green Deal for the shipping sector at a European level. According to KVNR director Annet Koster, Dutch shipowners are ‘keen to lead the way.’

‘We already see many initiatives in the Dutch business community to make shipping more sustainable,’ says KVNR director Annet Koster. Among other things, it shows that shipowners not only claim responsibility, but are also keen to lead the way in making the shipping industry more sustainable. We are therefore happy to think and work on a broadly supported European plan of action,’

Annet Koster, director of KVNR.

To make this happen, Dutch shipowners are calling on Frans Timmermans, the nominated executive vice-president of the European Commission, to enter into discussions with the sector, as they have also done after Timmermans launched his plans for CO2 quotas for shipping. The focus of these talks should be on the high ambitions for CO2 reduction of the shipping industry.

Goal is Seventy Per Cent Reduction

With their own reduction agenda of seventy per cent less CO2 emissions in 2050 (compared to 2008), the Dutch shipowners are even pursuing a higher ambition than the fifty per cent agreed last year at the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The starting point and challenge is that cleaner ships should go hand in hand with a healthy business model.


Author: Mariska Buitendijk

Mariska Buitendijk is one of SWZ|Maritime's journalists as well as the magazine's copy editor.