The European Commission’s work on an EU ship GHG measure has taken a further step forward with the launch of an on-line public consultation. This follows a series of stakeholder events where industry and environment groups, including Seas At Risk, were briefed and able to put their ideas forward.

The European Commission’s work on an EU ship GHG measure has taken a further step forward with the launch of an on-line public consultation. This follows a series of stakeholder events where industry and environment groups, including Seas At Risk, were briefed and able to put their ideas forward.

The EU promised to develop a regional GHG measure if insufficient progress was made at IMO by the end of 2011.

While 2011 saw the adoption of an energy efficiency standard for new ships, progress there on measures for existing ships, including market-based instruments like and Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), has been very slow, giving the EU the right to proceed.

Seas At Risk supports strong action by the EU and has been urging the Commission to ensure that any EU ship GHG measure takes account of the need to drive down in-sector emissions and not reply on the ability to off-set emissions within (e.g an ETS).

There remains considerable low or zero cost “low hanging fruit” on this issue within the shipping industry and an EU measure must help ensure these emission reductions are realised.

Photograph by the European Commission.

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