The European Commission published for the first time, on Sunday, June 30, information on the CO2 emitted by vessels with more than 5,000 gross tonnage when conducting maritime transport activities related to the European Economic Area (EEA).
Specifically, the information provided by the Commission covers around 10,800 vessels of various types, services and cargo carried, ranging from ro-ro passenger ships to bulk carriers, tankers and container ships. The CO2 emissions reported by these ships represent more than 150 million tonnes of CO2 emissions in 2018.
Moreover, the information is part of the implementation of Regulation (EU) 2015/757 based on the monitoring, reporting and verification of CO2 emissions from maritime transport.
The goals of this regulation are:
- Promoting the reduction of CO2 emissions from maritime transport in a cost-effective way;
- Stimulating the uptake of energy efficiency solutions;
- Informing future policy-making decisions with a view to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from shipping.
In addition, all the data and information is accessible only on the ‘THETIS-MRV’, the web-based application developed by the European Maritime Safety Agency.
Concluding, the European Commission will analyse these detailed emissions data and publish a report towards the end of 2019 to inform the public and allow for an assessment of the CO2 emissions and the energy efficiency of maritime transport.