European Parliament votes down shipping inclusion in ETS

The Industry Committee of the European Parliament adopted its report on the EU’s emissions trading scheme (ETS) and stressed that the climate impact of shipping should be regulated at UN level.

This means that the Committee has rejected the inclusion of shipping in the EU ETS, conservative MEP Bendt Bendtsen stated he believes that this is a clear step in the right direction.

Mr Bendtsen added: ”The vote is important because it sends a clear signal. The vote reflects that a regional approach would not be sustainable for shipping, and that in order to achieve significant CO2 reductions, we have to look beyond our borders.”

”This of course also means that the eyes of the European Parliament are now set on the IMO.”

He also stated that a regional solution would not result in the desired reduction of CO2 emissions since the majority of the world’s fleet would not be part of the EU’s proposal.

Focus is now on the IMO which meets late October to decide on how to reduce the CO2-emissions of shipping at the international level. The Motorship will be in attendance for this discussion at the Marine Environment Protection Committee gathering in London.  

Simon C Bergulf, director EU Affairs of the Danish Shipowners’ Association, added: “We are satisfied that a large majority of politicians in the Committee supported that shipping should be regulated in the UN.”

He concluded: The Industry Committee stressed that the EU will hold the IMO accountable on CO2, which the Danish Shipowners’ Association fully supports.”

The vote in the Industry Committee is the first step in the European Parliaments handling of the case. The next step is the Environment Committee’s opinion in December.

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