EU strategy to reduce CO2 emissions from shipping

The European Union (EU) has an ambitious agenda to tackle climate change. Up until now, every form of transport, except the international maritime sector, has been contributing to the objectives the EU has set itself. Moves are now under way for shipping to start playing its part.


Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions - Integrating maritime transport emissions in the EU’s greenhouse gas reduction policies (COM(2013) 479 final of 28.6.2013).



The EU makes it clear that it fully supports international efforts to reduce maritime greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In parallel, the EU is taking its own initiatives. The communication sets out a gradual approach for including shipping in its overall target to reduce GHG emissions.


This gradual approach contains the following three steps.


EU shipping accounts for 4 % of all EU GHG emissions. However, these are set to increase significantly in the future - possibly by 50 % by 2050, compared to 2010 levels. Reducing these emissions will not only help tackle climate change, but it will also reduce fuel consumption and a vessel’s operating costs.

For more information, see the European Commission’s website on reducing emissions from the shipping sector.


Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the monitoring, reporting and verification of carbon dioxide emissions from maritime transport and amending Regulation (EU) No 525/2013 (COM(2013) 480 final of 28.6.2013).

last update 19.03.2015