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Commission publishes information on CO2 emissions from maritime transport

01/07/2019

On 30 June 2019, the European Commission published for the first time information on the CO2 emitted by ships over 5000 gross tonnage when performing maritime transport activities related to the European Economic Area (EEA).

This information covers around 10800 ships of various types, services and cargo carried, ranging from ro-ro passenger ships to bulk carriers, tankers and container ships. The CO2 emissions reported by these ships represent more than 130 million tonnes of CO2 emissions in 2018.

This publication of information is part of the implementation of Regulation (EU) 2015/757 on the monitoring, reporting and verification of CO2 emissions from maritime transport.

The main objectives of this regulation are to promote the reduction of CO2 emissions from maritime transport in a cost effective manner, stimulate the uptake of energy efficiency solutions and inform future policy-making decisions with a view to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from shipping. International shipping worldwide is responsible for 2-3 % of all global GHG emissions.

The European Commission will carefully analyse these detailed emissions data and publish a report towards the end of the year 2019 to inform the public and allow for an assessment of the CO2 emissions and the energy efficiency of maritime transport.

All information is accessible on THETIS-MRV, the web-based application developed by the European Maritime Safety Agency.

UPDATE 03/07: The number for reported CO2 emissions has been updated based on updated data on THETIS-MRV.

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