Ships have been excluded from the carbon market up to now. [Photo: Shutterstock] The European Parliament on Tuesday (15 September) voted in favour of including greenhouse gas emissions from the maritime sector in the European Union’s carbon market from 2022, throwing its weight behind EU plans to make ships pay for their pollution. Shipping is the only sector which does not face EU targets to cut emissions, but it is coming under increased scrutiny as the bloc attempts to steer industries towards its plan to become “climate neutral” by 2050. In a vote on Tuesday, EU lawmakers said the bloc’s carbon market should be expanded to include emissions from voyages within Europe, as well as international trips which start or finish in an EU port. This would force shipowners to buy EU carbon permits to cover these emissions. “It is high time that the ‘polluter pays’ principle is applied to shipping,” said Jutta Paulus, the Green lawmaker leading the Parliament’s talks on the issue. MEPs will formally approve its position with another vote on Wednesday. Plans to reel shipping into the scheme are gathering momentum, despite pushback from industry. A draft European Commission document, leaked to the media and […]

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