In world first, EU legislators agree to price shipping emissions

(EurActiv, 30 Nov 2022) EU legislators agreed to include maritime transport within the EU’s emission trading scheme (ETS) during talks that lasted until late Tuesday evening (29 November), a move that will force ship operators to pay for their carbon emissions for the first time.

The idea of adding the maritime sector to the EU’s carbon market was first raised a decade ago, but concerns over international competitiveness slowed progress.

The ETS requires polluting industries to pay for each tonne of carbon they emit, with the aim of spurring them to embrace clean solutions.

While it is now a virtual certainty that shipping will have carbon emissions priced, the agreement on the maritime sector was only one part of a wider revision of the ETS. These negotiations will continue, with the next and potentially final talks due to take place on 16-17 December.

According to the European Parliament’s chief negotiator on the file, German lawmaker Peter Liese, the maritime agreement will lead to some 120 million tonnes of carbon savings – double that of the much-publicised EU ban on the sale of polluting vehicles.

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EurActiv, 30 Nov 2022: In world first, EU legislators agree to price shipping emissions