EU delays ETS plans for shipping

The European Union Parliament has voted in favour of extending its carbon market to all departing flights, but political divisions in the parliament meant that a landmark extension to shipping and road transport has been delayed.

Beyond aviation, other amendments to the ETS were delayed due to disagreements on the overall package. As a consequence, road and shipping, which were bundled up in the main ETS package, were also delayed.

Meanwhile, at the 78th gathering of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) going on at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) this week member states have been discussing the development of a basket of candidate mid-term measures to gut greenhouse gas emissions from shipping with Splash set to report on key takeaways from the important meeting on Friday.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.


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