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Tuesday, 03 November 2009

Strategy for better ship dismantling

The 2968th Council meeting on Environment held in Luxembourg on 21 October 2009 endorsed the outcome of the International Maritime Organisation Conference on Ship Recycling in May 2009 and the adoption of the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships (“Hong Kong Convention”).  The Council invited the Commission to encourage voluntary actions by maritime stakeholders, such as an EU wide public awareness campaign, an award for best practices, promotion of the use of inventories for hazardous materials and of certificates foreseen in the Hong Kong Convention, as well as the greening of existing recycling facilities, while taking fully into account the provisions in the Hong Kong Convention and its guidelines. The Council encouraged Member States to develop and implement, as appropriate, comprehensive national strategies to ensure environmentally sound recycling of ships consistent with national sustainable development strategies and relevant international commitments and obligations.

Source: EU Council