Draft EU rules requiring ship owners using EU ports to monitor and report CO2 emissions each year received the support of the House on Tuesday 28th April. The new rules, already informally agreed with the Council of Ministers, will apply from 2018 on to ships over 5,000 gross tons, regardless of the country in which they are registered, as a first step towards cutting their greenhouse gas emissions. At the time being no allowances will have to be surrendered against the reported emissions but an eventual EU ETS link up is possible.
The text will be put to a vote in a forthcoming Council of Ministers meeting in order to come into force on 1 July 2015.
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