ECSA: CO2 emission reduction measures must be global and equal to all ships
“The overall goal however must be a global agreement for maritime emissions, which the International Maritime Organisation is moving towards. The EU has shown leadership by adopting its regulation on monitoring, reporting and verifying CO2 emissions of shipping. Our focus should now be on ensuring the proper implementation of the MRV Regulation and make certain that the regulation is aligned with the IMO data collection system which will be formalised in October this year. This will ensure that European shipping will be covered by a single system, in an efficient manner without double work”, he continued.
“The European Commission has not included shipping in its current review of the European Emissions Trading System. We believe this correctly reflects the reality that shipping is a global business and regional measures would have a directly distorting impact on European operators. A regional scheme would lead to carbon leakage as ships would start to avoid calling at EU ports. It would also gravely hurt the European short sea shipping sector, which would again be faced with an ‘EU only’ system”, he concluded.
Mr Smedegaard called for global reduction measures and equal application to all ships during an Antwerp symposium initiated by the Royal Belgian Shipowners’ Association, in cooperation with ECSA and Wärtsilä. It brought together shipowners with engine makers, ship yards, ship designers, academia and port authorities to map out technical measures that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions. [...]
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