Sink or swim: Why shipping must contribute to EU 2030 climate target

Transport & Environment (T&E), with the financial support of Umweltbundesamt (UBA), is convening a policy discussion on the contribution of shipping to the EU's emissions reduction targets for 2030. The event will bring together high-profile speakers from industry, governments and academia and NGOs to discuss how the sector can carries its fair share of the burden to meet the objectives of the Paris climate agreement. 

Shipping makes up almost 3% of global CO2 and is continuing to grow rapidly – by up to 250% in 2050 by which time it could account for almost 17% of global emissions. Such emission growth will undermine reductions efforts by all countries and other sectors effectively making the 2/1.5°C objective impossible to achieve.
In the 18 years since Kyoto, the IMO has failed to set up an emissions reduction target and put in place measures to implement it. Although there is no explicit reference to shipping in the Paris agreement, the ambitious Paris long-term target adds an additional urgency to the sector’s task. While the EU has promised numerous times to tackle shipping emissions, it remains almost the only sector of the EU economy not contributing to the EU climate targets. 

Co-hosted by MEPs: 

  • José Inácio Faria (ALDE), EU shipping MRV rapporteur
  • Ivo Belet (EPP), Shadow rapporteur on ETS revision
  • Miriam Dali (S&D)
  • Bas Eickhout (Greens/EFA)
  • Merja Kyllönen (GUE)


  • Co-hosting MEPs
  • Jasper Faber, CE Delft, co-author of the 3rd IMO GHG study
  • Patrick Verhoe​v​en, European Community Shipowners' Associations 
  • Jos Dings, director, Transport & Environment
  • David Kerr, maritime attache of Malta to the Council of the EU

The deadline for registration is Wednesday, 20 January 2016. If you wish to attend, please register here.

Light lunch will be served at 12:30.

Organised by T&E and with the financial support of UBA.



Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 12:30 to 15:00


Room 5G1
European Parliament
1047 Brussels