ECSA holds workshop on the practical implementation of IMO GHG strategy

The European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) organised a workshop on the practical implementation of measures to reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions, attended by representatives of the European Commission, the European Maritime Safety Agency, the Member States, as well as industry stakeholders and environmental organisations.

The focus was on the opportunities and challenges of reducing the shipping industry’s carbon footprint. The speakers presented concrete initiatives in alternative propulsion technology, such as sails, hydrogen or methanol, and improving the energy efficiency of existing ships. Moreover, participants also discussed the current limitations of available abatement technologies, ranging from technological maturity and financing to crew training and on-board safety considerations.

It is clear that there is no one-size-fits-all solution for the shipping industry. Each segment of the European Shipping industry is facing different challenges. Representatives of the tramp/bulk sector, liner shipping, short sea shipping, and off-shore vessels showcased this through a variety of actions already taken today to reduce their carbon footprint.

‘EU shipowners support the International Maritime Organisation’s Initial Strategy adopted in April 2018 and are committed to being part of the solution through their continued investment in innovative and sustainable solutions’, commented Martin Kröger, Chairman of ECSA’s Safety and Environment Committee and moderator of the workshop. New means of propulsion, new alternative fuels and collaboration with partners in the supply chain, such as seaports , are necessary to eventually reach full decarbonisation.

In this context, the EU shipowners call for the EU to play a constructive role at IMO level and for global rules to be developed at international level to avoid reducing the competitiveness of European shipping. Furthermore, the EU should support Research & Innovation that will help drive the sector towards a carbon neutral future. ECSA is committed to continue engaging a constructive dialogue with the European decision makers as a trusted partner.

For more information, please contact:

Martin Dorsman
Secretary General
European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA)
Ducale, Hertogstraat 67/B2
1000 Brussels, Belgium
Tel: + 32 2 510 61 26
 About ECSA
The European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) was founded in 1965 and represents the national shipowners’ associations of the EU and Norway. The European shipowners control 40% of the global commercial fleet, contribute 147 billion to the EU GDP and provide 2.1 million Europeans with careers both on board and ashore. ECSA promotes the interests of European shipping so that the industry can best serve European and international trade in a competitive free business environment to the benefit of shippers and consumers.