The NSAC has offered its advice on the decarbonisation of the fishing fleet to the European Commission

The NSAC has offered its advice on the decarbonisation of the fishing fleet to the European Commission

The North Sea Advisory Council (NSAC) has offered its advice on the decarbonisation of the fishing fleet to the European Commission via the Director-General of DG MARE.

Earlier this year in March, the NSAC set up a Climate Change Focus Group aimed at providing the Commission with informed, fisheries-focused advice on adoption of climate mitigation and adaptation measures that are both relevant and feasible in the North Sea context, with possibility for further application to other eco-regions and/or sectors.

The Climate Change FG set out to contribute to Commission’s endeavours to address energy transition, its implications for the fishing industry and the industry’s role in bringing about decarbonisation as a matter of priority, following DG MARE request at the Inter-AC meeting on 29 April 2022. To this end, the Climate Change Focus Group organised a series of meetings with presentations by relevant experts aimed at:

  • Understanding EU framework on energy transition and the related initiatives with a focus on blue sectors.
  • Providing a state of play of research, knowledge and on-going projects relating to the decarbonisation of the maritime sectors especially of the fishery sector.
  • Tackling the issues of alternative to fossil fuels and energy efficiency for the fisheries sector.
  • Providing information on the different funding possibilities for the fisheries sector to transition.
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The NSAC says the paper provides for an overview on the knowledge acquired by the Focus Group during these meetings as well as recommendations to the Commission and Member States on the way to move forward on the decarbonization of the fisheries sector.

The NSAC Climate FG made recommendations in several areas including:

  • EU Initiatives on energy transition,
  • RePoweR,
  • EU funding possibilities for the fishing sector,
  • Energy efficiency and alternative to fossil fuels, Applied/applicable technical solutions,
  • Alternative fuel,
  • Wind propulsion, and
  • Challenges in applying new technology and measures.
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NSAC advises Commission on decarbonisation of fishing fleet

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