European Parliament votes to extend ETS to shipping

Members of the European Parliament (MEP) today (15 September) backed a -40% greenhouse gas efficiency target for shipping companies, to be reached gradually by 2030, as part of the revision of the EU’s monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) system for ship emissions.

MEPs also voted in favour of making shipping companies buy EU carbon permits for their pollution.

Faïg Abbasov, shipping programme manager at Transport & Environment (T&E), said: ‘The Parliament is tired of inaction in the face of steadily rising shipping emissions. This is a clear signal to President von der Leyen that the EU’s more ambitious 2030 climate target must apply to maritime emissions too and that ships must pay for all of their pollution in the EU carbon market.’

Ships should also be required to stop emitting harmful air pollutants and greenhouse gases when docked in Europe’s ports by 2030, MEPs said. They also called for the monitoring system for shipping emissions to be made more transparent.

Shipping is the only sector not yet subject to emission reduction targets or measures in the EU.

Last month, a new study published by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) found the shipping industry’s carbon pollution had increased from 848 million tonnes in 2012 to 919 million tonnes in 2018.

T&E warns that this could increase 50% by 2050 if ‘real action’ is not taken because maritime trade has grown more quickly than the efficiency of ships has improved. 

Rhys Berry

Rhys Berry