Brussels, 27 April 2021
On the 27th of April, the European Parliament Plenary voted on the report on more efficient and cleaner maritime transport authored by MEP Karima Delli. The report was adopted by 453 votes in favor, 92 against and 154 abstentions.
With this report, the European Parliament called the Commission to take ambitious but realistic measures in order for the maritime sector to achieve its green and digital revolution and contribute to the EU commitment to become climate neutral by 2050. This will allow the EU to respect the goals set by the Paris Climate Agreement, while at the same time preserving the competitiveness of the European fleet.
The report recognizes the importance of transitional technologies, such as LNG, for a gradual transition towards zero-emission alternatives in the maritime sector, thus understanding the need for the European maritime transport sector to remain competitive and acknowledging the investments made by port operators in LNG infrastructure.
As stated in the report, LNG and LNG infrastructure could fulfil the role of transitional technologies towards zero-emission alternatives in the maritime sector. Nowadays, LNG is a more sustainable, affordable and widely available alternative to dirty heavy fuel oil. Low emission alternative fuels like LNG can bridge the gap on the route to fossil fuel free maritime transport and port stakeholders have allocated significant investments to LNG refueling points, as LNG was assigned an important role in the AFI Directive of 2014. It will be important that the Commission puts incentives, including through tax exemptions, to use these alternatives instead of heavy fuels.
Moreover, the report acknowledges the importance of European ports as the clean energy hubs of the future and stresses the need to improve their multimodal connection, in particular with rail and inland waterway transport. It also calls on ship owners to implement all the operational and technical measures available to achieve energy efficiency (optimization of speed, optimization of navigable routes, introduction of new methods of propulsion with wind and solar power, etc.).
Finally, the report stresses the importance of including maritime transport under the EU ETS, based on a comprehensive impact assessment.
FEPORT welcomes the final adoption of the report and would like to warmly thank MEP Delli as well as all MEPs with whom we had the opportunity to exchange and work during these last months on this important report.