Container lines criticize changes to EU's ETS proposal for shipping

If the European Parliament’s significant change to the EU’s proposal for shipping’s carbon quotas is carried through, the Emissions Trading System will go from having polluters pay to polluters being paid, says the World Shipping Council.

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The container lines’ global lobby group, the World Shipping Council (WSC), is against making the charterer the responsible party in the European Union’s upcoming carbon quotas for shipping, the Emissions Trading System (ETS), according to an announcement published by the organization Monday.

The European Parliament’s climate committee has suggested that the charterer and not necessarily the shipowner or ship manager is to be responsible for observance and settlement of the quotas.

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