The Cyprus Shipping Chamber supports EU Shipping Industry positions on the EU Green Deal

The Cyprus Shipping Chamber fully supports EU Shipping Industry positions on the EU Green Deal, noting that the shipping industry is fully committed to eradicating its GHG emissions completely as soon as possible in this century.

According to a Press Release of the Chamber, on the occasion of the European Shipping Week, which took place between 17-21 February 2020 in Brussels, the European Community Shipowners Associations (ECSA), has launched its positions in response to the EU Green Deal proposed by the new European Commission recently. The Cyprus Shipping Chamber which was involved in the development of these positions, fully supports them.

European Shipping welcomes and supports the EU’s ambition to take the lead in fighting climate change. Within this context, the European shipping industry aims to be an active contributor to the IMO discussions on both short-term and long-term measures, and seeks the EU’s support for a coordinated and holistic approach at the UN body.

In direct response to the EU Green Deal, the European shipping industry lays down 8 points where the EU can cooperate with the shipping industry:

Take the lead in the international regulatory process

Incentivise the modal shift in transport from roads and air to ferries and short sea shipping – need for an ambitious strategy

Research and Development – make the EU a frontrunner in low- and zero-carbon technologies

Port call optimisation

Shore power and infrastructure for alternative fuels

Establish a green financing programme for the electrification of ferries

Use the offshore potential for renewable energy

Digitalisation

Source: Cyprus News Agency