ESPO continues to support the extension of the EU Emission Trading System (EU ETS) to the maritime sector, recognising that the maritime EU ETS can be a powerful mechanism to accelerate the green transition of the sector.
owever, it noted that this mechanism will only deliver as intended if the measure is well-designed. This means that:
- All efforts must be made to avoid carbon and business leakage to neighbouring ports;
- The ETS revenues of the shipping sector should be predominantly used to finance investments onboard ships and in ports to make this green transition happen.
Whereas the Parliament and Council have made substantial steps forward in addressing the carbon and business leakage threat resulting from the scope of the proposal, further progress needs to be made to ensure that the maritime EU ETS revenues are being used to green the maritime sector and ports
European ports further called on European Parliament and Council to ensure that the maritime EU ETS revenues are used for sector-specific investments to facilitate the deployment and use of sustainable alternative fuels, including the electrification of vessels and onshore power infrastructure in ports.
In fact, ESPO has co-signed a joint maritime industry statement supporting such investments and calling for earmarking of ETS revenues in the final text.
In line with this statement, the final text on EU ETS must foresee dedicated maritime calls under the Innovation Fund, which would serve to accelerate the decarbonisation of the maritime sector, ESPO added.
For ESPO, the Innovation Fund should support the deployment of new technologies that effectively avoid generating greenhouse gas emissions, whilst bridging the funding gap for mature but not yet commercially viable projects. If only “first-of-a-kind projects” can be financed under the Innovation Fund, the added value of dedicated funding in the Innovation Fund remains very limited.
In this phase of the negotiations, we should not get stuck on the name or the structure of the fund, but on the way the funds are used. In that respect, it is important to understand that financing only first of a kind-projects will not deliver the progress in greening we aim for
noted Isabelle Ryckbost, ESPO Secretary General.
Finally, ESPO highlighted that the final text on EU ETS should also encourage Member States to use the revenues generated from the auctioning of allowances to investments in maritime and ports.
European ports remain committed to help deliver a final text on EU ETS that makes the green transition of maritime possible