EU’s Maritime Regulation Takes Effect

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In a significant stride towards greener maritime practices, the European Union has enacted Regulation (EU) 2023/1805, effective from October 12, 2023. This regulation sets stringent greenhouse gas intensity limits and encourages the use of renewable and low-carbon fuels in maritime transport. The marineregulations source.

  • This regulation, effective from October 12, 2023, imposes GHG intensity limits and promotes renewable fuels in maritime transport.
  • It applies to commercial ships over 5,000 gross tonnage, setting ambitious GHG intensity reduction targets from 2025 to 2050.
  • While broad in scope, the regulation grants temporary exemptions for specific ship categories and routes, emphasizing the need for industry adaptation.

A Green Initiative Takes Sail

In a significant move towards sustainability, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union have adopted Regulation (EU) 2023/1805. This regulation, effective from 12th October 2023, aims to revolutionize maritime transport by imposing GHG intensity limits on shipboard energy and promoting the use of renewable and low-carbon fuels. 

Scope and Impact

The regulation applies to commercial ships above 5,000 gross tonnage, impacting their energy usage during port stays, voyages, and in specific regions. It’s a crucial step towards achieving Union-wide climate neutrality by 2050, fostering the adoption of sustainable technologies, and ensuring a level playing field in the maritime sector.

Limiting GHG Intensity

This regulation sets clear milestones for reducing GHG intensity in shipboard energy. The percentage reductions from 2025 to 2050 are ambitious, aiming to drive rapid adoption of low-carbon fuels and sustainable technologies. We explore how these limits will be calculated and the role of the Commission in adapting them.

Exemptions and Exceptions

While the regulation applies broadly, some exemptions are granted, but they come with expiration dates. We delve into the specific exemptions for passenger ships, routes in outermost regions, and public service obligations. Understanding these exceptions is crucial as they provide temporary relief from the regulation’s requirements.

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