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European shipping players in wrangle over responsibility for paying carbon quotas

Greek shipowners want charterers and operators of vessels – rather than shipowners – to bear the responsibility for paying carbon quotas. Danish Shipping opposes this view, instead supporting the European Commission's ETS proposal.

Photo: PR / Danske Rederier

A conflict has broken out over who will bear the responsibility for paying the EU's carbon quotas in the shipping industry, as part of the Emissions Trading System (ETS), which is designed to help reduce emissions of noxious greenhouse gases.

The wrangle is between Greek shipowners, organized in the Union of Greek Shipowners, and European shipping organizations such as Danish Shipping.

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