The European Parliament and Council have reached a deal on the use of cleaner maritime fuels with shipping cutting GHG content of fuel by 2% in 2025, and 80% by 2050.
The provisional deal between European Parliament and Council negotiators is designed to steer maritime towards an uptake of renewable and low carbon fuels. The targets apply to ships over 5,000 gt and call for a 2% cut in the GHG content of fuels by 2025 from a 2020 level of 91.16 grams of CO2 per MJ. The level of reduction increases to 6% as of 2030, 14.5% as of 2035, as of 2040, 62% as of 2045 and 80% as of 2050.
The reductions apply 100% of energy on voyages between EU ports and to 50% of energy used on voyages where the arrival or departure port is outside the EU or the EU’s outermost regions. The rules will be reviewed by the commission in 2028 to decide whether to extend the rules to smaller ships and also vessels from non-EU ports.
Ambitious Path Towards Decarbonization
EP rapporteur Jorgen Warborn commented : “This agreement sets out by far the world’s most ambitious path to maritime decarbonisation. No other global power has drafted such a comprehensive framework to tackle maritime emissions. This is truly ground-breaking. The deal also covers the use of shoreside power for containerships and passenger ships at major EU ports by 2030, and all other EU ports by 2035 if shoreside power is available.
The informal deal on sustainable maritime fuels rules still needs to be approved by the Council Committee of Permanent Representatives and Parliament’s Transport and Tourism Committee, and then the Parliament and Council as a whole.
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