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ETS in Shipping: Elixir or Threat to Sustainability?
Virtual Debate - Monday 7th December 2020
15.00 GMT / 16:00 CET / 17.00 EET

On 13th November 2020 a public consultation was launched by the European Commission in the framework of the European Green Deal with a view to formulate a legislative initiative for the inclusion of maritime transport to its Emissions Trading System (ETS).

The Ministries of Cyprus, with the support of the European Parliament Office in Cyprus, are contributing to the process through the provision of a virtual platform where interested parties, regulators and industry, will have the opportunity to discuss the Commission’s intention to propose a legislative initiative.

The panel will comprise representatives from regulators (European Commission and European Parliament), shipowners and NGOs. All interested parties are invited to join the virtual seminar and contribute their thoughts through the chat function and Q&A session.

The aim is to provide insights that can best serve EU objectives, notably to enable maritime transport to make a meaningful contribution to climate change whilst safeguarding its competitiveness.

Questions to be explored:
• ETS comes in many shapes and sizes. Given the specificity and the international character of the shipping sector, what should be the “Dos” and “Don’ts” in the Commission’s proposal?
• Is ETS part of, or the only solution to mitigate climate change from shipping? Is it essential or more effective than other measures? What other market-based and/or operational measures are needed?
• How much should ETS affect EU shipping and internal market policies for the proposal to be proportional?
• As combating climate change knows no borders, how compatible is the EU-ETS with IMO’s global decarbonization approaches?

We hope you will be able to join the seminar. Further details on the panellists and how to register will follow very soon.