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Shipowners isolated as maritime industry supports EU’s ‘first move’ to regulate CO2

· MEPs also back tightening cap on aviation emissions.Support from ports and cargo owners for last week’s vote by MEPs to include shipping emissions in the EU emissions trading system (ETS) has been sharply criticised by shipowners. The European Community Shipowners' Associations (ECSA) said it ‘deplores’ the shipping industry’s backing for Europe regulating ship CO2 as a ‘first move’ to kick start action at global level. Shipping in Europe has CO2 emissions equal those of the Netherlands. 

Published on February 21, 2017 - 10:39

MEPs want reformed ETS to include shipping and cut aviation cap

Members of the European Parliament want to include carbon emissions from shipping in the emissions trading system (ETS) and bring the cap on aviation emissions into line with other sectors, as part of a reformed ETS. The parliament's environment committee voted to bring EU shipping emissions under the ETS from 2023 if the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) does not deliver a global deal by 2021. MEPs also voted for the cap on aviation carbon emissions to decline in line with other sectors and for a reduction in the number of free allowances, which airlines have been using to achieve windfall profits.
Published on December 18, 2016 - 21:21

No cap on airlines' CO2 as draft climate deal proposes opt outs and offsets

National governments meeting in Montreal are nearing a deal to offset but not reduce carbon emissions from aircraft on a voluntary basis. Agreement at the UN’s aviation body ICAO is likely to be met with scepticism in Europe where in 2013 the EU agreed to roll back coverage of its emissions trading system from flights into and out of Europe. Ostensibly this was to give ICAO time to come up with something better.

Published on October 2, 2016 - 22:09

Global aviation emissions deal under threat as deadline looms

A global effort to limit aviation emissions is under threat from divisions between countries over how to share the benefits and burdens of pollution cuts in the sector. Attempts to draft, by September, a proposal for a global market-based measure to limit net carbon dioxide emissions from international aviation to 2020 levels have failed to progress in two major areas, environmental groups have warned.
Published on June 14, 2016 - 15:25

Herding elephants in Paris

The Paris ‘Conference of the Parties’ 21, the most important climate conference since the failed Copenhagen one of six years ago, is nearing an outcome. The dramatic 13 November events in the city has surely added grit to France’s determination to succeed, and has forged some unusual alliances. There is some hope that the spirit of togetherness – not just against terrorism but also to tackle that other global threat which the COP is about – will help in forging a transformative deal.

Published on December 10, 2015 - 11:06

€42.5m Irish airport state-aid a ‘waste of scarce public money’

EU approval of Ireland’s €42.5 million in state aid to small regional airports has been criticised for allowing public money to prop up underutilised infrastructure with questionable social and economic benefits. Four airports will receive the grants over the next four years – while the Irish government faces calls to address ‘chronic’ underinvestment in low-carbon public transport.

Published on September 5, 2015 - 11:08

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