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As the European Union (EU) heightens its climate ambitions, there are increasing regulations related to "carbon leakage." This phenomenon occurs when EU-based companies shift carbon-intensive production to countries with less strict climate policies, potentially increasing emissions. To address this, the EU has introduced the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM), an environmental regulation designed to establish a fair price for carbon emissions associated with the production of carbon-intensive goods entering the EU. Its purpose extends to encouraging cleaner industrial practices in non-EU countries.
Goods Covered in the Initial Phase:
The CBAM's scope encompasses products like cement, iron and steel, aluminum, fertilizers, electricity, and hydrogen in the transitional phase. Moreover, there are plans to evaluate the possibility of expanding the range of covered products by 2030, potentially including additional sectors.
As the CBAM unfolds between 2023 and 2035, it will have significant implications for industries, global competitiveness, and the fight against climate change. Here are some key dates to keep in mind:
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As part of ongoing efforts to combat climate change, the European Union (EU) has extended the Emissions Trading System (ETS) to include CO2 emissions from all large ships entering EU ports. Starting in January 2024, this move will hold shipping companies accountable for their carbon footprint, fostering energy efficiency and incentivizing low-carbon solutions within the maritime logistics industry.
In May 2023, the EU officially adopted amendments to the ETS Directive and the Regulation on the Monitoring, Reporting, and Verification (MRV) for maritime transport. These amendments will integrate maritime emissions into the ETS, encompassing 50% of emissions from voyages starting or ending outside the EU and 100% of emissions between two EU ports or when ships are within EU ports. This step will apply to all large ships of 5,000 gross tonnage and above, irrespective of their flag.
To facilitate a smooth transition, shipping companies will gradually be required to surrender emission allowances for a portion of their reported emissions:
Including maritime emissions in the EU Emissions Trading System marks a significant shift for the maritime logistics industry. While compliance with the regulation will present challenges, it also creates opportunities for the sector to embrace sustainability, foster innovation, and collaborate effectively to contribute to a greener future.
JAS Indonesia, in partnership with the Bruni Foundation, marked International Literacy Day (ILD) by organizing the "Book Donations for World Literacy Day" event on September 8, 2023. Led by JAS Sustainability Ambassador Sigit Yulianto, this event exemplified the team's dedication to championing literacy as a fundamental human right and their commitment to positively impacting the community.
Held at a local school, the ILD event showcased the incredible potential of collective community action. Its success was driven by a joint effort: prior to the event, the JAS office initiated a book donation campaign among its employees, and a group of JAS Indonesia colleagues volunteered to represent JAS at the local school. However, the event went beyond mere book donations; the team also shared food, drinks, and moments of joy, fostering an atmosphere of unity that enriched the day.
The teams' actions serve as a reminder that when individuals and organizations unite for a common purpose, they can create positive change. Literacy is not merely about reading; it is a pathway to a brighter future for all.
The Sustainability Ambassadors at JAS play a key role in spearheading and executing sustainability initiatives. They are driven by a passion for creating a more sustainable organization and work closely with the Worldwide sustainability team and key stakeholders. Their expertise and influence serve as catalysts for transformation, inspiring and guiding others to contribute to a greener and more inclusive future.
International Literacy Day has been observed globally on September 8 since 1967, emphasizing the significance of literacy as a basic human right. It also serves as a call to advance progress towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG4) on education and lifelong learning.