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UK: consultation on the development of an Emissions Trading Scheme open

The Emissions Trading Scheme Authority of the United Kingdom (UK ETS) is seeking stakeholder views on proposals to develop the UK ETS which operates across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. This call is of particular interest to individual companies and representatives of the maritime sector as Chapter 7 sets out proposals to expand the scope of the UK ETS to the domestic maritime sector. UK ETS replaced the UK’s participation in the EU ETS on 1 January 2021. This consultation is open until 17 June 2022; more information available here.

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UK: responses to the consultation on the draft nuclear ships regulations published

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) of the United Kingdom (UK) has published a summary of the responses to a consultation on the proposed Merchant Shipping (Nuclear Ships) Regulations. MCA had opened this consultation in August 2021 seeking views to assist in transposing Chapter VIII in the Annex to the International Convention for Safety of Life at Sea, 1974 (‘SOLAS’ or ‘the Convention’) into UK law. Views were also sought on the accompanying draft Marine Guidance Notice. The UK Government now intends to make the Regulations and bring them into force by the autumn of 2022. The Marine Guidance Note will be finalised and published at that time. A summary of the responses to that consultation is available here.

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EU: new legislative proposal on illegal discharges from ships under preparation

The European Commission (executive branch of the European Union) is preparing a new legislative proposal revising the Ship-Source Pollution Directive, a common framework outlining how to deal with illegal discharges from ships. This initiative aims at preventing marine pollution by ensuring that any natural or legal persons responsible for the discharge of polluting substances into EU waters are subject to adequate penalties. A public consultation is ongoing, divided into two sections: the first gathers views from citizens and the second targets experts and relevant stakeholders. The consultation is open until 3 March 2022. More information is available here.

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Consultation: ISA draft standards and guidelines for exploitation of mineral resources in the Area

The International Seabed Authority (ISA) welcomes comments from stakeholders on the first set of draft standards and guidelines to support the implementation of the draft regulations for exploitation of mineral resources in the international seabed area until 20 October 2020. This includes:

Draft guideline on the preparation and assessment of an application for the approval of a Plan of Work for exploitation

Draft standard and guidelines on the development and application of environmental management systems

Draft standard and guidelines on the form and calculation of an environmental performance guarantee

For more information see here and here.

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Consultation: EU mission for healthy oceans, seas, coastal and inland waters

The European Commission is currently developing its research and innovation missions that will form part of the Horizon Europe framework programme beginning in 2021. Under the mission area, healthy oceans, seas, coastal and inland waters, citizens may submit proposals until 14 September 2020.

For more information see here, here and here.

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Consultation: EU Arctic Policy

The European Commission and the European External Action Service are undertaking a consultation to assess the relevance and completeness of the current focus areas of the EU’s An integrated European Union policy for the Arctic. Stakeholder contributions are welcome until 10 November 2020.

For more information see here, and participate here.

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Consultation: EU International Ocean Governance Agenda

The European Commission and the European External Action Service are currently undertaking a targeted consultation to assess the development needs and options of the EU’s International ocean governance: an agenda for the future of our oceans. Stakeholder contributions are welcome until 15 October 2020.

For more information see here, and participate here.

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Survey: the BBNJ during the COVID-19 crisis

The MARIPOLDATA research group has launched a survey about the postponement of the negotiations towards a new treaty for the protection and sustainable use of marine biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ). The group seeks to learn about perceptions on the potential effects of the COVID-19 crisis on the BBNJ Treaty and, also, how this situation has changed people’s interest and involvement in the process. The survey is open until 17 May 2020 and can be found here.

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