Ships calling at EU ports emit as much CO2 as all of Belgium

Vessels arriving at or departing from European ports emit a total of 138 million tons of CO2 per year, shows new report from the EU Commission. This figure highlights the need for quotas, says rapporteur.

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Ships calling at ports in the EU emit 138 million tons of CO2 per year, reveals a report about greenhouse gas emissions just published by the EU Commission. The report aims to form a basis for deciding how shipping companies should contribute to climate mitigation in the EU.

The report builds on the so-called MRV figures (monitor, register and verify, -ed.), collected in 2018 based on regulations previously established by the EU.

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