The Cypriot shipping sector is the third largest in Europe and the eleventh largest worldwide. Its Ministry wants ” Cyprus to become an important and influential stakeholder, leading positive changes in global shipping and to become an attractive center striving to achieve sustainable growth”. About 270 shipping companies are based in Cyprus and the shipping industry contributes to about 7% of Cyprus’ GDP.
In its first BeMed-supported initiative, Isotech brought together stakeholders from across the sector and developed an action plan aimed at reducing and optimizing plastic waste. This year’s project aims to build on the success of the previous initiative to establish a “Plastic Free Shipping Core group” that will operate continuously and meet on an annual basis to define and implement annual action plans and to maintain cooperation between all parties.