In this video, Transport & Environment (T&E) says that the Fuel EU Maritime proposal is the EU’s big chance to clean up a sector that has long been resistant to change.
ccording to Delphine Gozillon, Sustainable Shipping Officer, T&E, with EU Member States having already adopted their negotiating stance earlier in the year, “this may be the last chance the legislators have to incorporate key provisions that can drive the uptake of next-generation e-fuels and eliminate fossil fuel use in shipping.”
The first thing they can do is set the right greenhouse gas intensity (GHG) goals for both the short- and long-term
As T&E added, “the European Commission’s proposal of a 6% reduction doesn’t get us where we need to be in 2030 to fully decarbonise by 2050. It also fails to take into account ambitious mandates on ships to use renewable e-fuels for shipping, not to mention a boom in shipping tech like wind-assisted propulsion. An overall GHG reduction target of -13% in 2030 would set the right direction and will likely find proponents among member state governments.”
What is more, Ms. Gozillon noted that shipping is ready to transition to renewable e-fuels, “but the European Parliament needs to kickstart the process through a mandate.”
This is known as a ‘sub-quota’, referring to the requirement that a share of fuel decarbonisation should happen specifically through these future-proof fuels. The Environmental Defense Fund Europe and Transport & Environment, together with the hydrogen industry, have recommended that a sub-quota of 6% e-fuels in 2030 will be needed to kickstart this transition.