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Proposed EU shipping emissions regulations criticised

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Industry groups' opposition to EU lawmakers in Brussels imposing decarbonisation regulations is well documented. But as those plans come closer to fruition, two of the most influential shipping groups are unequivocal in their disdain.

Two associations have blasted the European Parliament rapporteur's plan to control emissions from vessels that use EU ports.  

SHIPPING lobbies have criticized a European Union proposal for the regulation of shipping emissions as damaging international decarbonisation progress and lacking understanding. 

Jutta Paulus, the European Parliament's maritime emissions rapporteur, wants shipping put under the EU's emissions cap and trade system, known as the Emissions Trading System.

The proposed rules, which will require legislative and political scrutiny before approval, would apply to those ships of 5,000 tonnes and above that use EU ports, regardless of their flag, and would affect almost 12,000 vessels.

The move, which would impose mandatory improvements on individual vessels' carbon intensity, has been rejected by the International Chamber of Shipping and BIMCO.

ICS deputy secretary-general Simon Bennett said shipping's decarbonisation can only be achieved through the global regulatory framework of the International Maritime Organization.

“The draft EP proposals for further unilateral measures at EU level risk totally derailing the real progress now being made at IMO, which is the result of politically very complex negotiations,” he told Lloyd's List.

BIMCO deputy secretary-general Lars Robert Pedersen said the proposal would seriously hamper co-operation between governments and the implementation of the IMO strategy.[...]

Anastassios Adamopoulos, Lloyd's List

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