INTERTANKO considers including shipping in EU ETS counter-productive

Katharina Stanzel, Managing Director  Photo INTERTANKO

By Joseph R. Fonseca

By majority vote, the Members of the European
Parliament have agreed to include shipping in the European
Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) Directive as of 2023, unless there
is a comparable system agreed under the auspices of the
International Maritime Organisation (IMO) by the end of

"INTERTANKO and its Members consider the EU Parliament's ambition
as totally counter-productive," said INTERTANKO Technical
Director Dragos Rauta. "This undermines the work undertaken by
IMO and may upset the spirit of cooperation under which IMO
develops global rules for a global industry."

The EU Parliament's move could be perceived as "urging" IMO to
accelerate its rule development. However, the IMO Roadmap,
adopted in October 2016, already clearly defines tasks and
timelines for the development of regulations aimed at reducing
greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from ships. The Roadmap is
directly aligned with target dates for actions under the Paris
Agreement with the strategy to meet Paris' objectives to be
adopted in 2018, followed by an implementation plan with specific
targets and measures following in 2023. The timing of the roadmap
is entirely consistent with the timeframe agreed in Paris,
providing for a harmonised international regime.

"It is disappointing that, despite the IMO Secretary General's
recent appeal to EU leadership, they still fail to recognise the
crucial importance effective regulations at global level will
have in this domain," said Katharina Stanzel, INTERTANKO MD. "We
can only achieve global goals through widespread buy in to
international solutions for shipping."

It is important to bear in mind that this is not the final text
of the revised ETS Directive, which, originally, did not include
shipping; it represents the European Parliament's position for
negotiations with the EU Council (Member States). These
negotiations will start as soon as the Council/Member States have
agreed on their own position, which is expected in the next few

INTERTANKO, together with other shipping organisations, continues
to convey Members' views to EU Member States in order to inform
their position on the inclusion of international shipping in the
EU ETS Directive.

Feb 16, 2017

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