Venice Blue Flag Agreement

Posted by on April 14, 2021

“An important step forward: the creation of a `green zone` covering the entire lagoon is a fundamental and essential aspect of the process of dealing with the issue of large cruise ships in Venice.” These words were chosen by the Mayor of Venice, Giorgio Orsoni, to welcome the voluntary agreement between the cruise lines on the use of green fuel during the passage of the entrance to the lagoon port. April 22: “Blue Flag of Venice” has been renewed today! The voluntary agreement was jointly signed by venice Port Authority, Venice Harbour Master, Venice Municipality and Cruise Companies. The signing of this agreement, renewed every year since 2007, confirms Venice as the greenest port in the Mediterranean. This voluntary agreement was renewed in subsequent years, reducing the maximum sulphur content to 2.0% and 1.5% for the 2008/2009 season. The introduction of this increasingly restrictive limit on the sulphur content of fuels used by ships has reduced sulphur emissions in the port. Since 2007, the VPA has adopted a proactive strategy to improve air quality, including both compliance with existing rules and voluntary recommendations to reduce air emissions. At that time, the local port authority and the VPA signed the first “Venice Blue Flag”, with cruise lines and the municipality, a voluntary agreement on the use of low sulphur fuels and engine rules during the mooring period in the port of Venice. The North Sea Port Authority has set itself the objective of improving the compatibility between the port`s development in terms of traffic and environmental protection, taking into account, in defining its strategy, the ten environmental priorities shared by the European ports of ESPO and the ten objectives of the AIVP 2030 programme ratified by the port last June. Our actions focus on three environmental priorities: air quality, energy consumption and climate change. With regard to air quality, the authority has encouraged the renewal of the Venice Blue Flag, a voluntary agreement that involves cruise lines in the use of low sulphur fuels during their transit and permanence in our port. With regard to energy consumption and climate change priorities, we are developing an energy-environment plan that photographs the state of consumption in order to implement energy efficiency measures further than those already proposed (for example. B the LED lighting of the cruise station and the light track, powered by solar panels and integrated with low-energy LED lamps installed along the main navigation channels of the port). Overall, our authority works by involving terminal operators to improve the energy efficiency of existing systems and infrastructure and to develop supply projects using renewable energy sources.

In particular, the agreement (which remains in force until 31 December) focuses on three main aspects: 1) fuel quality: sulphur levels at sea must remain below 0.1%; 2) machines working on board ships must reduce harmful gas emissions; 3) Monitoring activities: All shipping companies have agreed to regularly communicate to the Authorities of Venice compliance with the checks carried out by the port captains of Venice in order to publish the associated documents on public websites.

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