Shipping in the EU ETS?
In February, the European Parliament’s Environmental Committee backed a bill that aims to include the shipping industry under the EU’s emissions trading scheme (ETS). Jutta Paulus, member of the Greens, has been in charge of formulating the parliament’s proposal on how the so-called MRV legislation, which sets the rules for measuring ships’ CO₂ emissions, should be updated.
The European Commission had previously announced that they think a new study needs to be conducted, and that they may present a proposal for including shipping in the ETS in 2021.
The Environmental Committee will vote on the issue in May, and the full parliament will vote in June. Once this is done, negotiations will commence on the final MRV legislation, involving the European Parliament, the EU Council and the European Commission.
Source: ShippingWatch, 20 February 2020.