EU Commission takes climate plan a step further than carriers hoped for

The shipping industry would prefer to avoid EU regulation of shipping outside the EU's borders. With its long-awaited climate plan, the commission nevertheless proposes to include half of carbon emissions from vessels sailing to and from the EU.

Yesterday, EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen presented the EU's long-awaited climate plan called "Fit for 55" | Photo: Yves Herman/Reuters/Ritzau Scanpix

The European Commission has seemingly decided to turn a deaf ear to the shipping industry's wishes to limit the scope of shipping in the EU carbon quota system, known as Emissions Trading System (ETS), to intra-EU traffic.

According to the commission's proposal for a climate plan aimed at shipping, which was presented in Brussels Wednesday, shipping will henceforth be held accountable for pollution when sailing between EU ports and for half of their carbon emissions when sailing to and from the EU.

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