EAPO & Europeche -Fishing industry response to the Inception Impact Assessment on the proposal for a directive on CO2 emissions from shipping – encouraging the use of low-carbon fuels
The European Commission launched in 2019 the European Green Deal with an emphasis on accelerating the transition to a low-emission and climate-neutral economy. The proposal for a directive on ‘CO2 emissions from shipping – encouraging the use of low-carbon fuels’ is forming part of a wider package of measures to deliver on this ambition.
Even though, this proposal does not directly address the fishing industry, it is meant to be interlinked with other policy reforms, such as the revision of the Energy Taxation Directive. Moreover, the main objective outlined in the Inception Impact Assessment is the reduction of the emissions from maritime transport with a view to contributing to the EU 2030 targets and climate neutrality by 2050. This, alongside global effort to limit emissions led by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). IMO adopted in April 2018 an initial strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from merchant ships. The strategy defines an emission reduction objective of at least 50% reduction by 2050 compared to 2008 annual emissions coupled with a vision for the decarbonisation of the sector.
Therefore, the EU fishing industry represented by Europêche and EAPO, being aware of the importance of contributing to a more sustainable way of maritime navigation, welcomes the possibility to provide feedback on the European Commission’s consultation.
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