The UGS supports the Greek Prime Minister’s call for a European Research Centre for Alternative Marine Fuels and Technologies and stands ready to engage.
We support the Prime Minister’s pertinent proposal for the creation of a Research Centre for Alternative Marine Fuels and Technologies in the EU. With its proven maritime know-how and long-standing experience and scientific expertise Greece, the world’s leading maritime nation, can contribute to this end
the President of the UGS, Mr. Theodore Veniamis, stated.
As for the UGS, it noted that it “has consistently advocated that no technology is currently available at the scale required to deliver substantial reductions in Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions from ships.”
Without mature new marine fuels and related technologies available worldwide, the decarbonization of shipping will not be feasible within the timeframe expected
Furthermore, according to UGS, the European Commission’s proposal to extend the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) to international shipping needs to be effectively in line with the “polluter pays” principle which entails compliance by the commercial operator of the ship.
We value the acknowledgement of the importance of maritime transport to the EU and the world at large and the recognition of the role of out-of-sector stakeholders, such as fuel producers and suppliers, commercial operators/charterers, shipyards and engine manufacturers, in providing the shipping industry with the appropriate means for decarbonization
Mr. Veniamis continued, concluding that “Green shipowners are fully committed to the decarbonization of our industry as soon as possible and are working proactively towards this goal.”