EU plans to make it mandatory for ship owners to measure carbon emissions

The EU believes that carbon emissions monitoring system will bring environmental and economic gains for the shipping industry. Photograph: Patrick Lux/Getty Images

Source: The Guardian

Owners of large ships using EU ports will have to measure and report annual carbon emissions from January 2018 under new European commission proposals published on Friday.

The plans stop short of including shipping emissions in the EU carbon market, but the commission says they can still have an impact and are part of its work towards global emissions agreements.

“The EU monitoring system will bring environmental and economic gains for the shipping sector by increasing transparency about emissions and creating an incentive for ship-owners to cut them,” Connie Hedegaard, EU commissioner for climate action, said in a statement.

The proposals are subject to months of debate and will need approval from EU member states and the European parliament before they can become law.

They would create an EU-wide legal framework for collecting and publishing verified annual data on CO2 emissions from all large ships (defined as more than 5,000 gross tons) that use EU ports, irrespective of where the ships are registered.

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