The Environmentalist

  • Port of Rotterdam

    SMARTER SCIENCE-BASED EMISSION TARGETS

    2021-07-13T18:08:00+01:00

    COMMENT: With the G7 having finished building sandcastles in Cornwall, UK and the world jetting into Glasgow for COP26 on the November horizon, the media is awash with talk of climate change and the incredible challenge ahead, writes Charles Haine.

  • Maersk methanol vessel

    A BIG STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION

    2021-03-30T21:57:00+01:00

    COMMENT: The environmental media has been awash with news that shipping giant Maersk is aiming to launch its first ‘carbon neutral’ cargo liner vessel, writes Charles Haine.

  • net zero emission initiatives

    CLIMATE CHANGE: NEW PLANS AND RULES

    2020-12-21T09:00:00+00:00

    COMMENT: On the day the UK Government formally announced a ten-point Climate Action Plan, the mainstream TV news headliner was the investigation into a royal TV interview that took place 25 years ago, followed by consternation about how families may not be able to meet-up at Christmas during a pandemic, ...

  • MSC

    CARBON OFFSETTING GAINING A HIGHER STATUS

    2020-10-14T14:02:00+01:00

    COMMENT: It was once said of carbon off setting that it is a tool used by rich societies to carry on polluting without the guilt, writes Charles Haine.

  • cruise industry

    NAUTICAL TERMS & COVID-19

    2020-09-20T19:01:00+01:00

    COMMENT: One of the positive outcomes of COVID-19 is the entertainment we can derive from new terminology that has arisen during these five months. The lexicographer Susie Dent collectively termed these the ‘coronalexicon’, writes Charles Haine.

  • climate risk

    RESILIENCE & RECOVERY

    2020-07-22T17:06:00+01:00

    COMMENT: Maritime facilities have taken essential action and quickly applied their know-how in the face of COVID-19 impacts faster than other sectors, writes Charles Haine.

  • Blue economy

    COVID-19 AND THE BLUE ECONOMY

    2020-04-27T10:00:00+01:00

    COMMENT: No one saw this coming, writes Charles Haine. Apart from the UK Government’s own National Risk Register of 2017, which placed an influenza pandemic equal fourth, alongside severe weather (but much higher impact), as one of the highest likelihood risks facing society before 2022.

  • containership

    Key trends going into 2020

    2020-02-26T16:01:00+00:00

    COMMENT: Never is there a better time than the turn of the year to do a Crtl+Alt+Del, writes Charles Haine.

  • scrubber concerns

    Impacts from open loop scrubbers

    2019-12-12T15:46:00+00:00

    COMMENT: Having heard rumours about open loop scrubbers adversely affecting sediment in British harbours this year, it came as little surprise when the media announced a story in late October, writes Charles Haine.

  • coral

    The real culprit in Miami

    2019-11-18T16:27:00+00:00

    COMMENT: Attention-grabbing media coverage, which accused the Port of Miami’s dredging project of causing mass coral death, may not be entirely accurate after all, writes Stevie Knight.

  • inland shipping

    The cleaning of inland shipping

    2019-10-23T15:04:00+01:00

    COMMENT: The first London conference dedicated to accelerating the uptake of disruptive and lower emissions’ propulsion technologies for inland shipping has been held at The Crystal by the Port of London Authority, writes Charles Haine.

  • ship

    IMO 2020 - who is going to pay

    2019-09-20T15:39:00+01:00

    Much has been written about January 1st, 2020 and the introduction of IMO 2020, writes Dean Davison.

  • US dollars

    New era of financing in the maritime sector

    2019-08-29T15:20:00+01:00

    COMMENT: While the media steers us towards the soap opera of turmoil in governing and geopolitics, in the UK at least, some positive initiatives are flowing into the marine space, writes Charles Haine

  • Protesters have pushed the climate debate forward. Credit: David Holt, CC BY 2.0

    Barrelling down to net-zero

    2019-06-03T10:11:00+01:00

    COMMENT: The force is strong at the moment. The push for immediate action on climate risks from David Attenborough, the BBC, youth protests and Greta Thunberg (calling out politicians for procrastination) is gaining traction, writes Charles Haine

  • Energy audits can help ports cut costs and emissions. Credit: National Renewable Energy Lab, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

    Get set for energy savings

    2019-05-02T11:44:00+01:00

    COMMENT: The surge in awareness towards accelerated action on climate change and governments and companies seeking transition to carbon neutrality both require tackling the challenge of rising energy costs, writes Charles Haine