Environmental sustainability

LIFE4MEDECA project kicks off

by Port News Editorial Staff

To further explore and illustrate the benefits of reducing air pollution in the Mediterranean, with the involvement of countries on the Southern bank of the Mediterranean, through on-site demonstrations and analysis forums.

This is the objective of the LIFE4MEDECA project, funded by the LIFE Programme Call for Proposals, Preparatory Projects of 2020, and coordinated by the North Tyrrhenian Port Network Authority (Livorno, Piombino, Elba Island and Capraia ports).

A crucial part of the initiative, which will last three years (2021-2023), is the dialogue with over 50 key stakeholders in the sector (public and regulatory authorities, shipping companies, local communities, industrial associations) in view of setting up an area with low emissions of atmospheric pollutants in the Mediterranean (Emission Control Area – ECA).

IFE4MEDECA has €1.6 million in funding guaranteed not only by the LIFE programme but also by the Italian Ministry of Ecological Transition, the French Ministry of the Sea, the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Sea Management and the Spanish Ministry of Mobility and Transport.

The activity program foresees studies to support the economic, regulatory and environmental impact of the adoption of the ECA area in the Mediterranean, taking into account the process of enlargement of this area to the Mediterranean countries, in the light  of the agreements that will be taken by the interested countries as part of  the COP21 in the 2021-2023 period.

The strategic importance of the project, which sees the qualified participation of Italian and foreign bodies (CIMNE, ISL, CNR, UNIMAR, GTD, MDI), was also highlighted by the President of the North Tyrrhenian Port Network Authority, Luciano Guerrieri, in his  opening speech at the first stakeholder meeting held on 30th  March.

“The themes LIFE4MEDECA addresses concern issues which the Port Network Authority has to get involved in and develop, in order to face challenges at local level that are a priority on a global scale. It is therefore necessary to act in time to achieve climate neutrality objectives. In this sense the Port Network Authority’s coordination of the LIFE4MEDECA project demonstrates the importance of the sustainability and energy transition themes, to define useful policies for the strategic planning and management of port operations.”

Translation by Giles Foster

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