INTERTANKO demonstrates tanker industry initiatives on environmental-technical issues at UNEP Sustainable Development Conference, Paris

INTERTANKO participated in the Third Global Conference on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands in UNESCO’s (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme), speaking on an industry panel focusing on best practices in sustainable development.

INTERTANKO’s Environmental Manager Tim Wilkins sat alongside leaders from the fishing, oil and offshore, and food industries to discuss the aims and objectives of each sector in terms of their implementation of sustainable development.

He focused on the lead which INTERTANKO members are taking on various environmental and technical issues, moving the industry into a new area of continuous improvement. Through best practice initiatives which often progress above and beyond the regulatory standards, INTERTANKO’s members are able to strike a balance between environmental and economic gain.

Also speaking on the panel was Dr. Jose Matheickal from the IMO. Dr. Matheickal focused exclusively on ballast water as an example of the positive contribution from the shipping industry to this key environmental issue.

Following the panel discussion INTERTANKO also participated in an industry meeting hosted by the Global Forum on Oceans and Coasts. Participants exchanged views on issues being addressed by the various ocean industry groups, and the overlaps which occur between the sectors. Discussion was further fuelled by a short overview from the European Commission’s Paul Nemitz of its Green Paper on an all-encompassing Maritime Policy.

There was a strong belief among those industry representatives present that it is necessary to encourage a continuing exchange of views and information on the various methods and systems being used to implement sustainable development.

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Contact: Tim Wilkins