The EU’s good intentions of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from shipping could be hampered by two measures that interact poorly with each other, says Danish Shipping.
his is shown in a new report commissioned by Danish Shipping, that says that the road to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of at least 55% in the EU by 2030 may be more difficult than first assumed.
As part of the EU’s green legislative package “Fit for 55”, two of the measures targeted at shipping could interact poorly with each other.
As the proposals from the Commission are at present, there is room for improvement and a need for homogeneity. Otherwise, the legal requirements risk creating obstacles. This is a shame, and therefore we hope that we can help to remedy this with this report
says Maria Skipper Schwenn, director of Climate, Environment and Security at Danish Shipping.
It concerns the two initiatives “FuelEU Maritime” and “ETS” (EU Emissions Trading System). In the coming years, Fuel EU Maritime will require shipping companies to use more and more green fuel in their tanks, and ETS (EU Emissions Trading System) will set a price on CO2 emissions to increase the use of green fuels.
According to the new report, the problem is that while FuelEU Maritime looks at all greenhouse gases and the entire fuel value chain, ETS only looks at the greenhouse gas CO2, and only at emissions during actual combustion.
In FuelEU Maritime, the total climate footprint of extraction, refining, distribution and finally combustion is assessed, while the climate calculation for ETS is simpler.
“Both tools will reduce greenhouse gases, but if they are to function optimally and contribute to the most effective reduction, the two bills must be adjusted so that they fit better together,” explains Maria Skipper Schwenn.
Danish Shipping specifically proposes that the ETS should simply apply to all greenhouse gases and take into account the entire fuel value chain.
In general, the issue is arousing great interest, and the task is now to ensure that necessary changes are incorporated in the ETS proposal
states Maria Skipper Schwenn.