The European Parliament and EU ministers have reached an agreement on the bloc’s law to reduce emissions in the maritime sector. The law calls for a 2% reduction in ship emissions by 2025 and an 80% reduction by 2050. The legislation does not specify which fuels must be used but demands that the greenhouse gas intensity of fuels be lowered over time. The agreement will apply only to ships above 5,000 tonnes, but this covers around 90% of CO2 emissions from shipping. The European Commission will review the agreement in 2028 and decide whether to place carbon-cutting requirements on smaller ships. Maritime activities in the EU account for 3-4% of the bloc’s CO2 emissions each year.
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