In a letter sent to the European Commission, a coalition of European Shipowners, including several Greek and Swedish shipowners along with Transport & Environment (T&E), calls for an ambitious and tailor-made to the industry ETS (Emissions Trading System) by putting the ‘polluter pays principle’ at the core of the new proposal for shipping.
ICS has previously discussed the advantages and disadvantages of incorporating international shipping into EU-ETS. Also, the World Shipping Council has expressed its concerns towards EU ETS for maritime industry and its global efforts to drop the GHG emissions.n the occasion, EU regulators outline the details and the scope of the scheme, which will define how shipping emissions are regulated in the coming years.
“This is crunch time for the shipping industry. With the EU deciding on the details of its maritime carbon pricing, it is an opportunity to put shipping on a path to decarbonisation. ” commented Faig Abbasov, shipping director at T&E who calls more maritime organizations to join their initiative.
According to the coalition:
- The ETS should not be limited to voyages within the EU but also cover voyages between the EU and third countries.
- An intra-EU only ETS would reduce the environmental effectiveness of the measure and place the burden unfairly on short-sea shipping companies.
- The Commission should rule out free emission allowances to avoid punishing smaller companies that have less administrative capacity to take advantage of the system. This would ensure both environmental effectiveness and a level-playing field.
The coalition supports the European Parliament’s proposal of establishing an “Ocean Fund” under the maritime ETS to fund research and development and the deployment of green fuels, among other things.
The EU Emissions Trading System is part of the EU’s policy to combat climate change and constitutes the biggest emissions trading system in the world. Under the EU ETS, a cap is set on the total amount of certain greenhouse gases that can be emitted by installations covered by the system. The cap is reduced over time so that total emissions fall.