24 Jun 2021
New CLAIM-funded research studies the financial drivers and barriers for adoption of marine litter clean-up technologies in Europe
A recent CLAIM-funded study investigates the financial drivers and barriers for the adoption and diffusion of marine litter clean-up technologies across Europe. The research paper is published in the Marine Pollution Bulletin journal.
Marine litter poses various and complex threats and is considered to be a major environmental challenge, which is also one of the main indicators in the European Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) to assess and monitor the effectiveness of policy measures. In relation to this, the international team of experts, involved in this very research, have studied the existing legal, institutional and policy tools and frameworks, relevant to the introduction and adoption of new marine litter clean-up technologies in two regional European seas, the Mediterranean and the Baltic.
Distribution of institutional affiliations of the stakeholders and experts interviewed
The research is focused on deliberate studies in six countries – Estonia, Germany, Sweden, Greece, Italy and Tunisia. Additionally, interviews with experts, stakeholders have been conducted in order to identify key drivers and limitations for the adoption of marine litter technologies.
Through a desk-based analysis carried out of national legal and policy frameworks addressing marine litter management and a series of semi-structured interviews with national and regional stakeholders, the study has established top-down measures for marine litter management. These include the MSFD the EU Waste Framework Directive, the European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy, the Single Use Plastics (SUP) Directive, the Port Reception Facilities Directive for the delivery of waste from ships, and the Urban Wastewater Treatment Directive.
The full research paper you can find here.