The European Parliament Rapporteur on the revision of EU waste shipment rules has put forward his proposed amendments. Bart Staes, a Green/EFA MEP from Belgium has proposed that plans put forward by the Commission in July should also include air transport and require on-site checks.

The Council has adopted a regulation on ship recycling paving the way for it to become EU law. Adoption of the legislation follows an agreement reached at the third informal trilogue with the European Parliament on 17 June 2013. The new regulation aims to prevent, reduce and minimize accidents, injuries and other adverse effects on human health and the environment caused by ship recycling. In addition, it seeks to ensure the proper management of hazardous materials onboard ships.

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has argued that society at large, rather than the shipping industry alone, should shoulder the burden and cost of compliance with stringent emission control standards such as sulphur regulations. The IMO added that in order to cut emissions from shipping proper quality standards for fuel oil should be implemented, as part of its Rio+20 sustainable development goals. The document outlines goals in 10 areas of global shipping and governance, four of which are related to the environment.