Shipping ETS ‘fuels’ the fire in the Commission

DG Move wants ships to burn fuel approved under the EU standards since the very beginning of their trip towards Europe accompanied by a system of credits applied for all incoming and outgoing ships. [Shutterstock/GreenOak]

The European Commission’s inter-service consultation over the measures for shipping included in the “Fit for 55” legislative package has resulted in a huge clash between DG Move and DG Clima, EURACTIV has learned.

Particularly, sources close to the issue told EURACTIV that there are major inconsistencies between the two DGs regarding the Emissions Trading System (ETS) and the FuelEu Maritime proposals currently circulating.

DG Move wants ships to burn fuel approved under the EU standards since the very beginning of their trip towards Europe accompanied by a system of credits applied for all incoming and outgoing ships.

Critics suggest that such a move would bring Europe on collision course with China and the US at the International Maritime Organisation.

“It’s surprising that DG Clima seems to be more realistic than DG Move,” a source commented. (Sarantis Michalopoulos | EURACTIV.com)

Subscribe to our newsletters

Subscribe