The European Parliament will vote on collecting data on fuel consumption in ships
“Reduced Shipping Emissions Would Bring Economic and Environmental Benefits” says Green Party MEP & Spokesperson for the Marine, Grace O’Sullivan.
With voting due to take place in the European Parliament today, Tuesday 15 September 2020, on a report into establishing further data collection systems around fuel consumption data in ships, Green Party MEP Grace O’Sullivan says the introduction of proposed measures and supports could enhance the economic viability of Irish as well as international shipping fleets, whilst reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving the quality of oceans.
As Green Party Spokesperson on the Marine, and Greens/EFA Coordinator on the European Parliament PECH (Fisheries) Committee, O’Sullivan says she has a particular interest in the report examining carbon dioxide emissions from shipping, which has been lead by her Greens/EFA colleague, German Green MEP, Jutta Paulus.
“The statistics in this area are stark when, for example, we look at 2018 figures and see that more than 10,800 ships monitored under shipping regulations around carbon dioxide emissions, emitted 130 million tonnes of CO2, which is more than the entire annual CO2 emissions of Belgium.”
An important aspect of this report, says O’Sullivan, is the creation of an Oceans Fund.
“This would be established to improve the energy efficiency of ships and support investment in innovative technologies and infrastructure to decarbonise the maritime transport sector and support the deployment of sustainable alternative fuels.”
20% of revenues under the fund would be used to contribute to the protection, restoration and better management of marine ecosystems impacted by global warming, such as marine protected areas (MPAs). It would also be used to promote a crosscutting sustainable blue economy such as renewable marine energy.
“Ocean health and climate breakdown are closely interlinked: Healthy oceans and marine ecosystems are crucial if we want to tackle climate breakdown. We need to heed the scientific evidence. The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report tells us the oceans are part of the solution in mitigating and adapting to the effects of climate change and enhancing natural carbon sinks.
“It’s time for urgent action. 2019 was the warmest year on record for ocean temperatures.
The world’s oceans contain somewhere between 500,000 and 10 million marine species and
marine plants produce 50 per cent of the Earth’s oxygen. That’s a gift for us that we should
treasure and protect.”
Broad support among MEPs is expected for the report which will determine Parliament’s position ahead of negotiations on the file with EU Member State governments in the Council of the EU.
|The report also calls for shipping to be brought under the Emissions Trading System (ETS) and includes key demands to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from shipping by at least 40% by 2030. The Ocean Fund would improve the energy efficiency of ships and support investments to decarbonise maritime transport.|
Source: Press Release