CENTRO INTERNAZIONALE STUDI CONTAINERS
ANNO XXXVIII - Numero SETTEMBRE 2020
MEPS AGREE TO CHART SHIPPING'S ETS COURSE
Shipping is the only sector which does not face EU targets to
cut emissions, but it is coming under increased scrutiny as the bloc
attempts to steer industries towards its plan to become "climate
neutral" by 2050.
"The European Parliament on Tuesday (15 September)
voted in favour of including greenhouse gas emissions from the
maritime sector in the European Union's carbon market from 2022,
throwing its weight behind EU plans to make ships pay for their
In a vote on Tuesday, EU lawmakers said the bloc's carbon market
should be expanded to include emissions from voyages within Europe,
as well as international trips which start or finish in an EU port.
This would force shipowners to buy EU carbon permits to cover
"It is high time that the 'polluter pays' principle is
applied to shipping," said Jutta Paulus, the Green lawmaker
leading the Parliament's talks on the issue. MEPs will formally
approve its position with another vote on Wednesday.
Plans to reel shipping into the scheme are gathering momentum,
despite pushback from industry.
A draft European Commission document, leaked to the media and
due to be published on Thursday, confirms plans to expand the scheme
to "at least intra-EU maritime transport".
This would likely happen through a package of market reforms the
Commission will propose by June 2021. The expansion of the scheme
may take until 2023 to implement, officials said.
That would coincide with a deadline for the UN shipping agency
(IMO) to publish a plan on global emissions-cutting efforts for the
"The proposal to extend the EU (carbon market) to
international shipping ignores global negotiations already underway
at the IMO, and risks enflaming trade tensions at a delicate time
for the world economy," said Simon Bennett, deputy
secretary-general of the International Chamber of Shipping.
If left unchecked, the IMO has said CO2 emissions from maritime
transport could increase by up to 250% by 2050 from 2012 levels - a
trajectory that could thwart global goals to curb climate change.
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