Issue 406 | 23 February 2015
Biofuels, GMOs, EU shipping week and more...
Leading our feature on European shipping week, Portuguese MEP João Ferreira outlines some of the changes that have occurred across recent decades in an industry that can "be credited for globalisation". He writes that, "As energy consumption evolves along with different ways of transporting goods, merchant shipping has accentuated its increasingly strategic nature and, therefore, so has the shipbuilding industry." Ferreira says, "faced with this scenario, this industrial activity must resume and must be granted additional stimulus". Also, the director general of the European commission’s DG for mobility and transport João Machado says he wants to "cut the administrative burden in maritime transport", but notes "the EU has adopted one of the world’s most comprehensive frameworks in the area of maritime safety".
It’s neither wise nor safe for EU policymakers to dismiss new breeding techniques as ‘dangerous’ without any real consideration of the facts, argues Hannes Kollist.
Pollutants such as particulate matter, nitrogen oxide and ozone kill hundreds of thousands each year. One way to reduce these deadly emissions is to switch to LPG, argues Eric Johnson.
Ahead of this week's RED II negotiations, Géraldine Kutas explains where policymakers are getting it wrong on biofuels - and how they can fix their mistakes before it's too late.