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EU Parliament votes in favour of including transport maritime and road in the European Allowance Trading Scheme Emissions

ECSA's satisfaction with the transfer of costs to the commercial operators of ships and for the creation of a fund sectorial. Applause also from Transport & Environment

This afternoon the European Parliament voted in favour the inclusion of maritime and road transport in the EU ETS, the Union Emissions Trading Scheme European. For the association of European shipowners the position today by MEPs on the revision of the ETS, in Having regard to the negotiations with the European Council, is welcome as - specified the European Community Shipowners' Associations (ECSA) - "a key element of the position of the Parliament is the application of the 'polluter' principle pays", ensuring the mandatory transfer of costs of the ETS to commercial operators of ships through clauses Contractual. ECSA - the association also specified - also welcomes Parliament's proposal to create a sectoral fund and to allocate 75% of the revenue generated by the maritime transport to the energy transition of the sector' "We - said the Secretary General of ECSA, Sotiris Raptis - we had criticized the lack of consistency and we had proposed viable solutions. Parliament's vote represents a strong signal that European policy-makers are listen to and take into account the proposals of our sector. We need - concluded Raptis - all the possible help and role of traders is essential to reduce Emissions. The allocation of revenue to maritime transport is a prerequisite for financing the adoption of more fuels Clean. It is a decisive moment for the decarbonization of the shipping and for the competitiveness of the sector».

Satisfaction with the inclusion of maritime transport and of road transport in the EU carbon market, two weeks after voting in favour of extending the ETS to all air flights, was expressed by the organization non-governmental Transport & Environment (T&E), which has urged governments to adopt an equally ambitious position in the framework of the European Council meeting to be held at the end of the month.

T&E pointed out that today the European Parliament voted in favour of the inclusion in the EU carbon market of all ships of more than 400 gross tonnage and ships offshore, such as those serving offshore gas plants and oil, with maritime transport that will have to pay for all polluting greenhouse gases - CO2, methane and nitrous oxide - when ships sail within the EU and for 50% of the travel outside the EU until 2027. After this date the scope of the European carbon market will be automatically extended to 100% of ships entering and leaving European ports. Transport & Environment, however, complained that European lawmakers bowed to pressure by including exemptions for ships classified as suitable for sailing in waters with ice and for ships travelling to the outermost regions, delaying thus the decarbonization of these naval units.

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