Shipping

20-04-2022

How the IPCC report contradicts the EU’s vision on shipping

The inclusion of natural gas in the European Commission's proposal on low-carbon shipping fuels is incompatible with the recommendations of the latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPPC), writes Faig Abbasov.
08-04-2022

Europe can be a global leader in shipping decarbonisation

The European Commission put forward a series of proposals to rein in shipping emissions as part of the "Fit for 55" legislative package. However, these proposals must be urgently strengthened if Europe is to achieve zero-emission shipping, write leaders from the Getting to Zero Coalition.
16-03-2022

Shipping is not Fit For 55 – with only months left for the EU to get it right

The EU will fail to meet its target of climate neutrality by 2050 unless draft legislation to cut emissions in the shipping sector is strengthened and loopholes are closed, argues Lucy Gilliam.
13-01-2022

EU shipping plan leaves millions of tonnes of CO2 unregulated: study

European Commission proposals to bring shipping into the bloc's carbon market contain exclusions for small commercial and military vessels that would leave millions of tonnes of CO2 emissions unregulated, an NGO study showed on Thursday (13 January).
11-01-2022

The Commission must push for green transition in shipping

We cannot stop shipping. So EU institutions and industry must work together to find solutions that will drastically reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases, write Tiemo Wölken and Pernille Weiss.

Seabed activities raise risk of World War-era bombs detonating: Commissioner

Greater deep-sea economic activities have increased the risk of harm from munitions and chemical weapons dumped into European seas during the first and second world wars, EU Environment Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius has said.
29-09-2021

Lack of green maritime fuels makes liquid natural gas a necessity says Commission

Liquid natural gas (LNG) is a necessary transitional fuel to decarbonise EU maritime activities as the available quantities of zero, or low-carbon fuels are currently insufficient, the European Commission has said.
23-09-2021

Fit for 55 on all fronts? Can Europe lead innovation in green maritime?

Every year, around 400 million passengers embark or disembark in EU ports, including around 14 million on cruise ships. Efficient maritime transport connections are essential to the mobility of EU citizens, in developing EU regions, and to the EU economy as a whole.
07-09-2021

Shipping industry proposes levy to speed up zero carbon future

Leading shipping associations have proposed creating a global levy on carbon emissions from ships to help speed up the industry's efforts to go greener.
01-09-2021

Maritime transport emissions must be cut sharply, EU agency says

Maritime transport emissions must be drastically cut further if the European Union hopes to become carbon neutral by 2050, the European Maritime Safety Agency warned Wednesday (1 September).

Maersk orders eight large container ships to run on ‘carbon-neutral’ e-methanol

After announcing plans to operate a small carbon-neutral vessel by 2023, Danish shipping giant AP Moller-Maersk has ordered eight large ocean-going container vessels capable of running on 'green' e-methanol.
15-07-2021

EU proposes adding shipping to its carbon trading market

The European Commission proposed on Wednesday (15 July) adding shipping to the bloc's carbon market for the first time, adding pressure to become greener on an industry that had avoided the European Union's system of pollution charges for over a decade.

Maersk eyes ‘leapfrog’ to carbon neutral fuels in shipping

The world’s largest shipping firm, Maersk, has called for urgent action to address the climate crisis, saying it will turn first to green methanol, and later on to green ammonia in order to reach its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050.
24-06-2021

Draft EU policy to cut shipping emissions condemned as ‘disaster’

A leaked draft of a key EU policy designed to cut carbon emissions in shipping, one of the world’s biggest polluters, has been described as an environmental disaster for “promoting” liquified natural gas, a fossil fuel, as an alternative to heavy oil. EURACTIV's media partner, The Guardian, reports.
03-06-2021

Maersk favours carbon tax for shipping

Maersk, the world's largest shipping firm, called Wednesday (2 June) for a carbon tax on ship fuel to encourage the transition to cleaner alternatives.
30-03-2021

Too big to sail? Suez incident latest evidence of risks of megaships

The grounding of the Ever Given has caught the public’s attention. But it’s just the latest example of an accident in an industry where losing control can have disastrous consequences, writes Albert de Hoop.
Global Europe 26-03-2021

Suspension of Suez Canal traffic deepens global container crunch

The suspension of traffic through the Suez Canal has deepened problems for shipping lines that were already facing disruption and delays in supplying retail goods to consumers, shipping sources said.
Energy 02-03-2021

Fertiliser industry execs: ‘We see ammonia as a battery for hydrogen’

Ammonia has until now been used chiefly in the fertiliser industry as a way to return nitrogen to the soil. But it also has potential in boosting renewables – both as a replacement for hydrogen in long haul shipping and as a way of storing and transporting hydrogen.
28-01-2021

Let’s end the debate: putting international shipping into the ETS is clearly legal

Shipping companies are crying foul over EU plans to regulate the sector’s emissions. But the industry’s claim that new rules would break international law has no legal basis, write Faïg Abbasov and Aoife O'Leary.
Brexit 07-01-2021

France’s Brittany Ferries in dire straits due to double Brexit/COVID whammy

After Brexit and the global pandemic, a new variant of the coronavirus ravaging the UK has dealt a fresh blow to the emblematic French shipping company Brittany Ferries, which now hopes for help from the French government. EURACTIV France reports.
14-12-2020

Ship ‘coffee breaks’ not enough to avoid EU carbon charges

The European Union is on course to extend its emission trading scheme to shipping but is yet to decide which voyages should actually be included. New analysis insists that shippers should not try to game the system, as the potential savings on offer are negligible.
Future of mobility 09-12-2020

European transport’s green drive on the starting line

The European Commission launched on Wednesday (9 December) its vision for how to clean up transport’s emissions act, as part of a four year action plan designed to help the bloc hit its 2050 climate-neutrality target.
OpinionStakeholder Opinion

How renewable fuels in the maritime sector can support a just and inclusive energy transition

In the transport sector, the most cost-efficient climate emission reductions can be made in the maritime segment, write Loes Knotter and Eric van den Heuvel.
Energy 07-12-2020

Denmark and Norway team up to build world’s largest hydrogen ferry

A Danish-Norwegian project aimed at building what will be the world’s largest and most powerful hydrogen-fuelled ferry has applied for EU funding. The plan is to start operating a Copenhagen-Oslo service by 2027.