2016 EuDA Annual Conference, at Stanhope Hotel Brussels
New Opportunities for the European Dredgers?

15 November 2016
Since the Kyoto Protocol of 1992, the political wheel has been set in motion to prevent the threat from excessive Climate Change. The main attention and efforts have focused on the biggest anthropogenic source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions: CO2 emissions. All human activities need energy for their proper functioning and execution. The most commonly available energy sources being of fossil origin, the carbon footprint of human activities have kept growing along with the development of the global society, sometimes at a faster pace.
At the Paris Conference of the Parties (COP21) of the Climate Change Convention in December 2015, politicians agreed, in the now ratified and in force “Paris Agreement”, to set the absolute global target for the rise of the Earth temperature to 1.5°C, and to take differentiated actions at national level and at sector level. Among these sectors, transportation is a significant source of CO2 emissions and has to contribute to the global reduction efforts. Maritime transport is the lifeblood of modern society, supplying energy, food and commodities as well as catalysing global economic development and prosperity. Although shipping is the most environmentally-friendly and energy efficient mode of mass transport (on a tonne-mile basis), it also needs to contribute its share to the global CO2 emissions reduction efforts. As members of the shipping community, European Dredgers continuously work on reducing their emissions, by improving fuel efficiency of their equipment (through ship design, better performing engines, etc.) and by improving their best practices to optimise the fuel consumption during operations.
CO2 emissions reductions however cannot be fully disconnected from global economy nor from global trade. Therefore, the absolute emission targets set in Kyoto or in Paris cannot be achieved with relative measures improving performance and efficiency of vessels unless the global economy and its related demand for waterborne transport are collapsing. In order to achieve absolute targets regardless of the general state of global economy, actions on the improvement of vessels’ efficiency and performance should be complemented with actions targeting directly atmospheric CO2 concentrations. With their expertise, European Dredgers can contribute to this objective by creating new or restoring marine habitats that are natural carbon sinks, known as Blue Carbon. European industries should pursue their efforts of reducing their CO2 footprint but should also consider integrating Blue Carbon components into their strategies. European Dredgers can build multipurpose waterborne infrastructures that would contribute to these CO2 strategies to the project owner’s through increased carbon capture and long term storage of CO2.
The 2016 EuDA Annual Conference opened with an overview of political initiatives to reduce CO2 emissions from ships and or dredgers at IMO, in the EU and in the Netherlands. In the last presentation of the conference, the possible solutions proposed by the European Dredgers were briefly described.
View the Conference Programme in detail and its complementary annexes.
For the speakers' presentations see below:
Opening Address
  • Mr Paris Sansoglou
    EuDA Secretary General
  • Mr Pieter van der KLIS
    Engineering Manager, Van Oord
    Chairman of EuDA Environment Committee at EUROPEAN DREDGING ASSOCIATION
  • Mr Alistair Hull Presentation
    presenting "Overview of the of IMO’s initiatives to reduce CO2 emissions from ships".
  • Mr Heiko Kunst Presentation
    Policy Officer in Unit B3 for International Carbon Market, Aviation and Maritime
    presenting "Overview of the of EU’s initiatives to reduce CO2 emissions from ships".
  • Mr Harry Zondag Presentation
    Strategic Advisor for Dredging Programmes, Projects and Maintenance at RIJKSWATERSTAAT
    presenting "Experiences in tendering with the CO2 performance scale in The Netherlands".
  • Mr Paris Sansoglou Presentation
    Secretary General of the EUROPEAN DREDGING ASSOCIATION
    presenting "Possible Solutions from the European Dredgers?".



PIANC’s ‘Think Climate’ coalition
UN FCCC COP 21 Paris

30 November-6 December 2015

2015 EuDA Annual General Meeting Conference, at Stanhope Hotel Brussels
'State Aid and Tied Aid'
Different Approaches to Global Competition

17 November 2015

ACI’s European Dredging Summit, Antwerp, Belgium
‘Gaining Project Approval, welcoming efficient & environmentally-sensitive Dredging Operations’
Supported by EuDA

7-8 October 2015

EuDA-CEDA joint Workshop at European Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen
‘Sustainable Dredging Approaches to Climate Change Adaptation’
Solutions from the European Dredging Community

12 May 2015

Innovations improving Maritime Safety, at Port of Zeebrugge

5 March 2015

2014 EuDA Annual General Meeting Conference, at Stanhope Hotel Brussels
'Breaking Trade Barriers Around The World'
Special focus on the World Dredging Markets

13 November 2014

EuDA 20th Anniversary Celebration, at Bibliothèque Solvay
'The European Dredging Industry: A Maritime Success Story'

7 November 2013

EuDA Annual General Meeting Conference, at Stanhope Hotel
'Measures to reduce CO2 Emissions from Shipping'
Review of current Legislation & Policies

14 November 2012

EuDA Annual General Meeting Open-Part, at Sheraton Brussels Airport
'Threats and Opportunities from the Sea'
European Dredgers' contribution to some of the World's biggest Challenges

16 November 2011

Belgian Presidency Event with EuDA
'The European Dredging Industry presented to the European Council Shipping Working Group',
Aalst (BE) & Heusden (NL).

15 December 2010

EuDA Annual General Meeting Open-Part, at Sheraton Brussels Airport
"Man & Nature" Key Sustainable Issues for the European Dredgers

16 November 2010

Workshop on Green Innovations keep the European Dredgers at global leading edge,
Brussels, Silken Hotel.

3 November 2010

Workshop on Dredged Material and the Implementation of the new EU Waste Directive,
Brussels, EuDA offices.

29 April 2010

EuDA Annual General Assembly : Future Developments concerning State Aid to EU Maritime Transport, in the light of the rising threat from China


The 32nd IADC International Seminar on Dredging and Reclamation will take place,
in Delft, the Netherlands

15 -19 June 2009

EuDA Workshop 'Emissions' Presentations, Brussels, Belgium

6 November 2008

30th International Seminar on Dredging and Reclamation, Delft, The Netherlands

16 - 20 June 2008

Black Sea Coastal Association Varna, Bulgaria

25 - 27 September 2007

Seminar on Ports and Habitats

20 March 2003

Workshop "Waterways of Tomorrow"

09 December 2003