The new expected emissions tax on maritime transport

The European Parliament has called to establish a new global policy framework to reduce emissions in shipping by 2017.On November 30 and December 11 the UN Conference on Climate Change will take place in Paris, a meeting that “should lead” to a new international climate agreement applicable to all countries, with the goal of keeping global warming below 2 ° C, according to the French Government.

In this context and following the positions shown by some governments, such as the French Government, from which they have indicated that they can not give “free rein” to the transport sector if we want to stop global warming, some shipping companies have raised concerns awaiting a new tax for shipping.

Although the sector has reduced its emissions substantially in recent years, since it became controlled by the IMO instead of being regulated by the Kyoto Protocol of the United Nations, some events of the past months indicate that the Climate summit will bring new pressures to the sector.

The European Parliament has recently launched an appeal to the MEPs to establish measures and targets to be implemented in the new global policy framework to reduce emissions in shipping by 2017.The rush of European governments to implement these new measures, together with other measures such as expanding SECA areas, highlight the pressure that is put the sector in this area.

Thus, after the International Federation of Transport Workers (ITF) has recently recommended a carbon tax for shipping, some shipping lines fear that these will be negitiated and set in the ‘Paris 2015’ Summit.