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ECSA publishes position paper in response to EU Green Deal

20 Feb 2020

The European Community Shipowners’ Association (ECSA) on Wednesday (19 February) published its position paper ‘A Green Deal for the shipping industry’ in response to the EU Green Deal proposed by the new European Commission.

“The shipping industry is fully committed to eradicating its GHG emissions completely as soon as possible in this century,” said Claes Berglund, ECSA’s President, as in line with the ambitious targets agreed for the sector by its global regulator, the UN International Maritime Organisation.”

The newly-published position paper is the policy response of the industry towards the European Commission’s ambitious EU Green Deal.

The document welcomes and supports the EU’s ambition to take the lead in fighting climate change. Within this context, the European shipping industry aims to be an active contributor to the IMO discussions on both short-term and long-term measures, and seeks the EU’s support for a coordinated and holistic approach at the UN body.

In direct response to the EU Green Deal, the shipping industry laid down eight points where the EU can work together with the shipping industry:

  1. Take the lead in the international regulatory process
  2. Incentivise the modal shift in transport from roads and air to ferries and short sea shipping – need for an ambitious strategy
  3. Research and Development – make the EU a frontrunner in low- and zero-carbon technologies
  4. Port call optimisation
  5. Shore power and infrastructure for alternative fuels
  6. Establish a green financing programme for the electrification of ferries
  7. Use the offshore potential for renewable energy
  8. Digitalisation

The full position paper ‘A Green Deal for the shipping industry’ is available for view here.

Related: BIMCO ‘concerned’ by EC intent to include international shipping in ETS

European Community Shipowners’ Associations
Photo source: Chris Pagan
Date: 20 February, 2020.

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