Greek alliance with environmental NGO on carbon quotas attracts attention

Shipping companies and organizations are surprised to see that the Greek Shipowners' Association, in alliance with environmental NGO Transport & Environment, has become an advocate for far-reaching CO2 quotas. The timing, in particular, triggers irritation.

A container vessel anchored near Athens. | Photo: Petros Giannakouris/AP/Ritzau Scanpix

Puzzlement and suspicion and, finally, irritation, has followed the Greek Shipowners' Association's move regarding the EU's forthcoming quota system, announced Monday.

Not solely because the representatives of the world's largest fleet proposed the most far-reaching model of the EU's Emission Trading System, in which not only shipping within the EU will be affected by the quotas, but also because the Greek Shipowners' Association had joined Brussels-based environment NGO Transport & Environment (T&E) in the proposal.

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