European Parliament Calls for "Urgent Investment" into Shipping Decarbonisation

by Ship & Bunker News Team
Thursday January 16, 2020

The European Parliament has said there is an urgent need for investment into research on decarbonising shipping. 

The European Union's legislative body passed a joint motion Tuesday welcoming the European Commission's Green Deal and its intention to include shipping in the EU's emissions trading scheme.

The motion "underlines the need for measures to move away from the use of heavy fuel oil and the need for urgent investments in research into new technologies to decarbonise the shipping sector, and in the development of zero-emission and green ships."

Shipping has thus far been excluded from the European emissions trading scheme, but is due to be added later this year.

Late last year a group of shipping industry bodies jointly suggested imposing a $2/mt levy on bunker fuel sales to build a $5 billion research and development fund to work on greenhouse gas reduction technology for shipping.

The proposal is due to be considered at the next meeting of the IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee later this year.