Greenpeace are experts now, eh?

Campaigners have called for action after the maritime regulator ruled that foreign ships can continue to dump palm oil in British waters for three years.

In February, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) approved regulation that will require tankers carrying palm oil and other food oils to pump the tank residue into purpose-built disposal facilities, instead of washing it out in open water.

But the new rules will not come into force until July 1, 2021, a timeframe the IMO says will give states and industry time to increase capacity at shore-based oil disposal facilities.

Britain already has the infrastructure required to deal with oil residue and experts say it should ban the dumping of food oils in British waters ahead of the 2021 deadline.

“UK ports have oily water reception facilities that were put in place to process crude oil waste,” said Paul Johnston, an honorary research fellow at the University of Exeter and principal scientist at Greenpeace’s research laboratories.

Campaigner, yes, expert? Well, not exactly an unbiased observer, is he?

10 comments on “Greenpeace are experts now, eh?

  1. He seems to be one of those university wallers who randomly appends his name to multi-authored papers, though to his credit, he is not the first named.

    The list of publications suggests that the Greenpeace Research Laboratories are at the forefront of pre-conceptual science, i.e. we have a conclusion, all we need now is the research to support the conclusion.

  2. The Grand Masters at policy based evidence making.

    Can we ban the dumping of food oils whilst still in the EU?

  3. Marpol 73/78 has been ratified for 40 years now. We have the regulations. We only need to enforce them.

  4. Palm oil? As in food? As in organic? As in the stuff that breaks down if you leave it out of the fridge for more than a minute? What next? No dumping of water at sea?

  5. How much will it cost in real terms (i.e. consumption of resources, not money) to pump it into the disposal facilities? How much will it cost for the disposal facilities to separate out the palm oil from the water? What is the palmoil worth? What is theenvironmental cost of dumping at sea (damage to seabirds etc)?
    Doubtless our “expert” has done the analysis and can provide the answers. If they add up then implement his recommendations.
    If not, put him in the stocks and provide soft tomatoes to the onlookers.

  6. Is Paul now an Honorary Research Fellow at the University? Greenpeace has for many years rented space in a university building but has never been part of the university. It has however conveniently traded on the ambiguity by having an address Greenpeace Laboratory, University of Exeter. But AFAIK Paul has been a Greenpeace employee with no official position in Acadame.

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