The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) has welcomed a proposal by the Transport Committee of the European Parliament to strengthen the ‘polluter pays’ principle by discouraging the delivery of unreasonable quantities of garbage at port, including dangerous waste, for a fixed fee.
The proposal aims to improve the protection of the marine environment by increasing the quantities of waste delivered at ports. It will ensure that ships deliver their garbage at every port call and do not skip waste deliveries to save time. It aims to avoid ports having to pay the extra costs of delivering amounts of garbage that exceed the normal quantities generated between two ship calls.
Isabelle Ryckbost, ESPO’s secretary general said: “The Transport Committee of the European Parliament has clearly voted in favour of a policy that incentivises ships to deliver waste generated on board in the ports. It also encourages ships to limit the waste at the source by preventing ships to deliver unreasonable amounts of waste without paying for it. We believe that the text adopted strikes the right balance between efficiency and responsibility and strengthens the ‘polluter pays’ principle. We are very thankful to the Transport Committee for their very balanced position in what has been from the beginning a technical and complicated piece of legislation. We count on the rapporteur and the negotiating team of the Parliament to defend this outcome in the further negotiations with the Council.”
However, ESPO regrets that the Parliament decided to make rebates mandatory for green management of waste on board of ships. While encouraging ships to work on sustainable waste management, ports believe the decision to give rebates must be taken at port level to address the local environmental challenges.