EESC Pushes for Polluter Pays Principle in Shipbreaking

first_imgzoom The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) adopted an own initiative opinion that calls on the European Commission to introduce an incentive that will “eliminate the abuses of irresponsible ship dismantling through a system which creates added value in an end-of-life ship.”SEA Europe, IndustriAll Europe and the NGO Shipbreaking Platform have joined the EESC in supporting the incentive that will make sure ships are recycled in a safe and environmentally sound manner.“European ship recycling companies are competitive with regards to sustainability and should be encouraged by an enabling public policy that will push ship owners towards the use of these facilities as well as enhance R&D towards more cost effective solutions in Europe,” Christophe Tytgat, Secretary General of SEA Europe, said.The aim of a financial incentive is to make sure that ship owners use the upcoming EU list of approved ship recycling facilities and do not simply circumvent the EU Ship Recycling Regulation by flagging out to a non-EU ship registry.The EESC opinion supports a financial incentive that recognises the responsibility of the ship owner through the ‘polluter pays principle’ and builds the cost of responsible recycling into ship operating costs.“The social and environmental impacts of shipbreaking on the beaches of South Asia can no longer be viewed as an externality and should be accounted for in shipping companies’ individual accounts. Introducing a financial incentive at the EU level is feasible and in line with established legal principles,” Ingvild Jenssen, Policy Director and Founder of the NGO Shipbreaking Platform, said.last_img

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