The European Community Shipowners’ Association (ECSA) welcomes the proposal by MEP Peter Liese, European Parliament Rapporteur on the EU ETS, to introduce a requirement for a binding clause in contractual agreements between shipowners and commercial operators and to make sure that the latter pay for the costs of the EU ETS.
In a press statement, ECSA affirms that it will also support the Rapporteur’s proposal to set up a sector-dedicated fund where at least 75% of the revenues generated by the shipping allowances will be allocated.
ECSA has called for these two items to be included in the review of the Union’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) and believes that the draft report is a good starting point for the European Parliament’s work in the future.
ECSA President Philippos Philis stated that the introduction of a binding clause in contractual agreements between shipowners and commercial operators is at the heart of ECSA’s position on the inclusion of shipping in the EU ETS. He stressed that the clause would ensure the proper application of the polluter pays principle and incentivize the adoption of further efficiency measures and cleaner fuels.
Translation by Giles Foster