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Sustainability and the Triple Helix

By Tom Scott

The subject of sustainability in the Dutch maritime sector can be summed in part by looking at the outcome of the IMO meeting in London in April last year. This resulted in the IMO announcing the goal to reduce greenhouse gases by at least 50 per cent by 2050 (compared to 2008 levels). However, it must also be noted that sustainability goes far further than the matter of exhaust emissions. It is a hugely expansive subject that, for the maritime sector, encompasses topics such as clean air and water, safe and environmentally friendly production processes, activities that limit environmental damage, and biodiversity in operational areas, to name just a few.

Maximising sustainable operations to achieve the IMO’s 2050 goal can only be accomplished through an effective interaction between the three major areas involved: government, research institutes and business – often referred to as the ‘triple helix’.

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