EU Parliament Votes to Make Ships Pay for Their Pollution
Parliament on Tuesday, 15 Sep, voted in favour of including greenhouse gas
emissions from the maritime sector in the European Union’s carbon market from
2022, throwing its weight behind EU plans to make ships pay for their
Shipping is the only sector which does not face EU targets to cut
Shipping is the
only sector which does not face EU targets to cut emissions, but it is coming
under increased scrutiny as the bloc attempts to steer industries towards its
plan to become “climate neutral” by 2050.
Bloc’s carbon market to be expanded
In a vote on
Tuesday, EU lawmakers said the bloc’s carbon market should be expanded to
include emissions from voyages within Europe, as well as international trips
which start or finish in an EU port.
This would force
shipowners to buy EU carbon permits to cover these emissions.
‘Polluter pays’ principle to be applied to shipping
“It is high time
that the ‘polluter pays’ principle is applied to shipping,” said Jutta Paulus,
the Green lawmaker leading EU parliament’s talks on the issue.
The EU parliament
will formally approve its position with another vote on Wednesday.
A draft European
Commission document, seen by Reuters and due to be published on Thursday,
confirms plans to expand the scheme to “at least intra-EU maritime transport”.
This would likely
happen through a package of market reforms the Commission will propose by June
2021. The expansion of the scheme may take until 2023 to implement, officials
coincide with a deadline for the UN shipping agency (IMO) to publish a plan on
global emissions-cutting efforts for the sector.
The proposal to extend the EU (carbon market) risks enflaming trade
“The proposal to
extend the EU (carbon market) to international shipping ignores global
negotiations already underway at the IMO, and risks enflaming trade tensions at
a delicate time for the world economy,” said Simon Bennett, deputy
secretary-general of the International Chamber of Shipping.