EU Parliament Calls on Ban of Shipping of Heavy Fuel Oil & Drilling in the Arctic
The European Parliament has voted today to pass its Resolution on the Arctic, calling for the prohibition of petroleum drilling in the Arctic and sending of heavy fuel oil so as to protect its vulnerable ecosystem and keep it a low-tension and coalition region.
The parliament called on the Commission as well as the Member States “ to actively ease the prohibition on the usage of heavy fuel oil (HFO) and carriage as boat fuel in boats navigating the Arctic seas through MARPOL of IMO.” ” Should this not prove possible at international level, the Commission should create rules to prohibit the employment and transport of HFO for boats ” MEPs said.
“Unsustainable utilization of the place won’t just destroy a distinctive region, but in addition, hasten climate change and pollute a wellspring of clean water”
The resolution is a non-legislative file, which together with similar decisions by the EU Council will guide future EU policy addressing environmental risks in the Arctic. Moreover, the record invites the Commission to include the environmental and climate dangers of the utilization of HFO in its study on the threats that the upsurge in navigation of the Northern Sea Route would bring and calls on the Commission, in the lack of sufficient international measures, to put forward suggestions on rules for boats calling at EU ports subsequent to, or prior to, journeys through Arctic waters, with a view to prohibiting the use and transportation of HFO. Competition for its natural resources heats up, and “Climate change is bringing new environmental and security challenges in the Arctic, as the melting ice cap opens up new navigation and fishing courses,” MEPs added.
Unsustainable utilization of the place won’t just destroy a distinctive region, but in addition, hasten climate change and pollute a wellspring of clean water, with devastating effects on international fish stocks, co-rapporteur Sirpa Pietikainen (EPP, FI) said. MEPs pointed out that about twice as fast has been heating as the international average and that sea ice has been falling since 1981, to about 40% less than its summer extent 35 years past.
Also, the MEPs stressed the significance of keeping the region a low-tension area and prevent its militarization, particularly in the context of growing presence of Russian forces in the Arctic. Including six deepwater ports and 13 airfields” Russia “had created at least six new bases north of the Arctic Circles, by 2015.
Furthermore, they paid attention to China’s interest in receiving energy resources and new shipping routes.
483 votes passed the resolution with 37 abstentions, to 100.
“Now, the elected representatives of European citizens have given a clear message to the International Maritime Organization – ’s time to it to ban the use of heavy fuel oil from Arctic transportation. The IMO has an opportunity to reduce both the effect of oil spills along with the rates of pollutants which drive the melting of Arctic snow and ice,” Sian Prior, lead advisor to the Clean Arctic Alliance by putting prohibition.
According to Faig Abbasov, sending policy official at Transport & Environment, the following assembly of the IMO’s surroundings committee is an important occasion to start formal discussions on addressing the dangers related to using heavy fuel oil in the Arctic. The IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) will meet this July 3-7 in London, where it is really expected there will be an entry on the hazards of utilizing heavy fuel oil in Arctic transport. The Clean Arctic Alliance called on IMO Member States to support efforts to address such hazards, including measures leading to a prohibition.