For several years, the EU has indicated it would take regional action to reduce shipping GHG emissions, if no global agreement can be reached through the IMO by the end of 2012. However, on 1 October 2012, the Transport and Climate Commissioners announced that they would first propose a monitoring, reporting and verification system to provide data on shipping emissions based on fuel consumption, but didn’t commit on any concrete measure to cut CO2 from ships. Read our reaction on this decision.
As far as air pollution from shipping is concerned, on 29 October 2012 the Council formally adopted the revision of the EU Directive limiting the sulphur content of fuels used by ships in EU seas. Read our briefing on the issue.