A Circular Blue Economy for the Mediterranean: Current practices and opportunities (SwitchMed Blue Growth Community, 2022)
- The aim of the report is to describe the state of play in the development of circular economy in some blue sectors in the Mediterranean
- In terms of sectors, it covers marinas, recreational boating and yachting, which are studied in the light of circular economy principles
- The report provides in its conclusions an analysis of the challenges hindering the advancement of circular economy as well as solutions and recommendations to tackle these obstacles
EU Blue Economy Report 2022 (European Commission, 2022)
- Analysis of the EU's blue economy sectors with the aim to support policy-makers and stakeholders to promote sustainability and the European Green Deal
- The report also lays out key information for established and new sectors, including those covering boating and nautical tourism
Guidelines for the sustainability of cruising and recreational boating in the Mediterranean (Blue Growth Community, 2022)
- Five major challenges have been identified for both sectors: 1) Eliminating atmospheric emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases; 2) Safeguarding ecosystems and biodiversity; 3) Eliminating water pollution (chemical, organic, wastewater effluents), preventing waste generation and improving waste management; 4) Boosting knowledge and innovation; and 5) Avoiding the impacts on local socio-economic systems.
- Key elements of the Guidelines include the overall sustainability objectives for both sectors, suggested solutions to sustainability challenges, a list of high-impact actions for each sector and topic, as well as sustainability indicators.
- Case studies are also provided specific to the recreational boating industry, namely on the Portofino Marine Protected Area (MPA) and the French Clean Harbours certification.
Review study on the Recreational Craft Directive 2013/53/EU (TNO, Emisia, Panteia, 2021)
- This study was carried out for the European Commission by a Consortium consisting of Panteia), TNO and Emisia (as required by the review clause set out in Article 52 of Directive 2013/53/EU
- As a part of the approach, an in-depth data analysis was performed, consisting of a Public Consultation and supplementing targeted consultations and interviews
- It focuses on three main areas: exhaust emissions, evaporative emission and watercraft design categories and offers recommendations to the European Commission
Position Paper on achieving the objectives in the Communication on a Sustainable Blue Economy (Blue Growth Community, 2021)
- The position paper was produced in reaction to the European Commission Communication on a Sustainable Blue Economy
- It includes a sectoral approach with specific reccomendations for the sustainability of Coastal and Maritime Sustainable Tourism, acknowledging the role of the boating, yachting and maritime tourism sector with specific requests
Roadmap for the Decarbonisation of the European Recreational Marine Craft Sector (The Carbon Trust, 2021)
- This report contains research and recommendations to European governments and recreational marine craft businesses on how they can lead the world in decarbonising this sector.
- The Carbon Trust works with businesses, governments and institutions for a more sustainable future through carbon reduction, resource efficiency strategies and commercialising low carbon businesses, systems and technologies.
- The report was commissioned by the UK Department of Transport and the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.
EU Blue Economy Report 2021 (European Commission, 2021)
- The report provides an update on the economic performance of both established and emerging sectors across the EU Member States.
- It provides also an overview of the impacts of Brexit and Covid-19 crisis on EU Blue Economy.
- It includes a case study on "European Boating Industry: COVID impacts on recreational boating" (page71).
EU Blue Economy Report 2020 (European Commission, 2020)
- Based on 2018 data collected from Eurostat.
- Includes specific information for each sector in the blue economy, including “building of pleasure and sporting boats”, “repair and maintenance of ships and boats” and “coastal and maritime tourism”. This is broken down at national level for key indicators, such as employment, value added, turnover, gross profit margin and other key indicators.
- Also includes a case study on “The Recreational Boating Industry: Made in Europe” (page 150).
Annexes with country-specific information: Annex I, Annex II.
Online dashboard to view the data.
EU Blue Economy Report 2019 (European Commission, 2019)
- Assesses the potential of oceans and coasts in leading to sustainable economic growth and seeks to support the development of management policies that will ensure this.
- Includes new maritime sub-sectors compared to the previous edition, such as marine equipment and machinery (in "Shipbuilding and repair").
- For the first time, the report comprises an overview of the EU sea basins.
- Includes specific information for each sector in the blue economy, broken down at national level for key indicators (employment, value added, turnover, gross profit margin, etc.).
Blue Economy in the Mediterranean - Policy Paper (InnoBlueGrowth, 2019)
- Sets forward a list of objectives and actions for promoting the Blue Economy in the Mediterranean based on the technical and policy results of the Blue Growth Community projects.
- One of its focal sectors is the yachting industry for which specific recommendations were developed.
EU Blue Economy Report 2018 (European Commission, 2018)
- This first Annual Economic Report of the EU Blue Economy intends to measure the trends, performance and progress of the Blue Economy in Europe.
- It looks into the established maritime sectors (living resources; marine extraction and oil and gas; ports, warehousing and water projects; shipbuilding and repair; coastal tourism) but also at some emerging innovative sectors (marine renewable energy; blue bioeconomy; desalination; deep-seabed mining; coastal and environmental protection).
Best practices and user stories (collection of documents) (European Commission, 2018)
- This compendium of documents puts together initiatives in Europe that contribute to developing the skills of maritime professionals and making them fit for the diverse needs of an evolving maritime economy.
Bridging education and business in the blue economy (PDF) - includes initiatives that focus on the link between education and industry in the maritime economy.
Lifelong learning, mobility and new training programs in the blue economy (PDF) - includes initiatives that focus on digitalisation and globalisation, and the new opportunities and unforeseen challenges that technology has brought upon the sector.
DOWNLOAD - includes intiatives that have the objective of increasing ocean knowledge.
Assessment of the Impact of Business Development Improvements around Nautical Tourism (ICF, 2016 - report prepared for the European Commission)
- The objective of this study was to provide the European Commission with evidence to inform decisions about the development of EU policy on issues relevant to nautical tourism.
- For a predefined set of nautical tourism topics, the objectives were: to explore and identify problems affecting market performance; to identify policy options that address the causes of these problems; and to analyse the expected impacts of the list of policy options.
Study on the competitiveness of the recreational boating sector (Ecorys, 2015 - report prepared for the European Commission)
- After the Commission communication "A European Strategy for more Growth and Jobs in Coastal and Maritime Tourism", which underlined the importance of coastal and maritime tourism, especially for employment for the whole economy, the Directorate-General for Entreprise and Industry ordered this study to assess the overall competitiveness of the recreational boating sector.
- The study identifies the main factors influencing the competitive performance of the EU recreational boating industry and provides policy recommendations on how the competitiveness of this sector in Europe could be improved.
- It analyses the demand for recreational boating in Europe.
- It analyses the boat manufacturing sector and the services sector.
- It presents scenarios and recommendations to improve the EU’s growth and employment strategy.
Report from the Commission on the progress in establishing marine protected areas (European Commission, 2015)
A European Strategy for more Growth and Jobs in Coastal and Maritime Tourism - Communication from the Commission (European Commission, 2014)
- Following the Commission's 2010 Communication announcing a strategy for sustainable coastal and maritime tourism, this Communication from 2014 proposes joint responses to the multiple challenges, with a view to capitalising on Europe's strengths and enabling it to substantially contribute to the Europe 2020 objectives for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.
Design Categories of Watercrafts (European Parliament, 2012)
- Design categories of watercrafts are one of the essential safety requirements which should be met and assigned through conformity assessment procedure required before placing watercrafts on the market.
- This briefing note analyses if amending the design categories for recreational crafts and watercrafts can contribute to more precise and more appropriate criteria for design categories, while reflecting the terms used in the relevant international harmonised standards.
Nautical activities: what impact on the environment? - A life cycle approach for "clear blue" boating (European Confederation of Nautical Industries, 2009)
- This study is structured in order to follow the life-cycle approach of a boat, and identifies its environmental impact from its conception and manufacturing stage, through its useful life and related operations, concluding with its disposal at its end of life.
Complementary Impact Assessment study on possible emission reduction measures for recreational marine craft engines (Arcadis Belgium, 2008 - report prepared for the European Commission)
- This study complements the one below (ECNI 2006), and assesses the most ambitious feasible scenario to maximise the emission reduction potential of recreational craft engines, while at the same time mitigating the social and economic impact on SMEs that could result from such approach.
Study on The Feasibility and Impact of Possible Scenarios for Further Emission Reduction Measures for Recreational Craft Engines (European Confederation of Nautical Industries, 2006 - report prepared for the European Commission)
- The study's objective was to identify and analyse the possible regulatory scenarios that could be put in place to improve the environmental characteristics of engines used in recreational marine craft.
Study on the environmental performance of recreational marine engines (TNO Automotive, 2004 - report prepared for the European Commission)
- The study reports assesses the environmental impact of the use of propulsion engines of recreational craft, including the impact on air quality, on local water quality, and on noise.
- The study also anlyses different options for improvement, and gives an extensive overview of the fleet and the market.