ECSA published its policy paper on the EU ETS proposal, welcoming the increased climate ambition of the ‘Fit for 55’ package.
CSA recognised that the climate crisis is one of the greatest economic and environmental challenges our societies have faced.
For this reason, European shipowners firmly support a dedicated fund to be set up under the EU ETS to stabilise the carbon price.
In addition, any revenues generated under the EU ETS should be used to financially support R&D projects and should contribute to lowering the price differential between cleaner and conventional fuels.
The EU ETS proposal makes a reference in Recitals 33 and 35 to the financing of the decarbonisation of the sector under the innovation fund, including through the carbon contracts for difference. However, there is no legally binding commitment in the articles of the proposal to earmark revenues for the shipping sector.
ECSA advocates for a dedicated fund to be set up under the EU ETS to stabilise the carbon price, which is especially important for the many shipping SMEs. Importantly, generated revenues should support the uptake of clean fuels
stated Claes Berglund, ECSA’s President.
Moreover, ECSA also supports the proper implementation of the ‘polluter pays’ principle and the pass-through of the costs of the EU ETS to the entity responsible for taking operational decisions, which affect the CO2 emissions of a ship.
In this regard, ECSA supports the recognition of the role of the commercial operator in the recitals of the EU ETS proposal. Notwithstanding this clear political message, no binding requirements are introduced and the pass-through of the costs is left to the devices of the market instead.
ECSA supports that the commercial operator should bear the costs of the EU ETS. The law should require the entity responsible for the decisions affecting the CO2 emissions of a ship to bear the costs arising from the implementation of the EU ETS in the context of a contractual agreement
added Sotiris Raptis, ECSA’s acting Secretary General.
Finally, taking all of the above into consideration, European shipowners proposed the following:
- Stabilising the carbon price
- Bridging the price gap between conventional and clean fuels
- Supporting R&D and innovation projects for low- and zero-carbon fuels and propulsion technologies
- The introduction of a legally binding requirement to pass through the costs from the shipping companies to the commercial operators in the context of a contractual agreement.