Shipowners: The EU climate plan could bring IMO into the game

Possibly following the Danish model, the EU will gather CO2 emission data for a couple of years before implementing requirements for the shipping companies. The Danish Shipowners’ Association, however, does not believe that the EU has completely given up on the possibility of regional legislation.

The Danish Shipowners’ Association believes that it is to the Danish shipping companies’ advantage that the EU is working to build a better set of data on the international shipping industry before implementing new rules to bring down the CO2 emission of the ships.

In a joint proposal by the EU Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard and EU Transportation Commissioner Siim Kallas, the two commissioners are setting the stage for the shipping companies to start collecting data about their CO2 emissions, and only then will the Commission implement its environmental initiative for the shipping industry. The view until now has been that the Commission would present an actual legislation initiative this year or next year, which would contain new requirements for the shipping industry.  But instead, a process has now been initiated, in which all ships calling at ports in the EU will have to report how much they pollute.

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