Businesses and NGOs urge stricter requirements for shipping in ETS

A range of NGOs call upon EU nations to lower the minimum size of ships covered by the Emissions Trading System, and to let the system encompass offshore vessels. Transport & Environment points out that member countries are imaking new exemptions for up to EUR 20bn.

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The shipping industry is about to be included in the European Union’s Emissions Trading System (ETS), whereby carriers must pay for emitting CO2 in the region.

In the European Commission’s original proposal, ships of less than 5,000 gross tonnes are exempted, as are offshore vessels. Moreover, the quotas pertain only to CO2, which means that ships sailing on LNG and emitting methane are exempted.

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