Climate activists with the Clean Arctic Alliance sounded the alarm this week that negotiators could delete a demand by the Parliament that the Commission use a review of FuelEU Maritime to consider changes to the list of pollutants that the regulation covers.
"The EU’s Fit for 55 Fuel EU Maritime Regulation outcome being discussed in Strasbourg this week already fails to include a provision to regulate black carbon emissions, the largest source of shipping’s climate warming impact after CO2 - cutting any mention of doing so in the future is not only deplorable, it makes a complete mockery of the EU’s own commitments made in its 2021 Arctic Strategy to lead the world on reducing Arctic ship pollution."
Letter to Swedish EU Presidency on EU Council Plans to remove black carbon emissions in review clause of Fuel EU Maritime Regulation
We are dismayed by the news that the Swedish Presidency has removed any reference to including ship black carbon emissions in the review clause of the Fuel EU Maritime Regulation currently being finalised in trilogue negotiations.
EU’s proposed FuelEU Maritime Regulation fails to protect the Arctic from the impact of shipping black carbon emissions. Despite the EU’s Arctic strategy supporting efforts to reduce black carbon emissions and promoting faster and more ambitious emission reductions for Arctic shipping, the EU’s supposed 'landmark' agreement ignores black carbon - 20% of shipping’s climate impact
The Clean Arctic Alliance believes that the EU Fit for 55 package can be strengthened through the co-decision process in ways that ensure that the transition to cleaner fuels includes action in the first instance to address both HFO use and BC emissions.
The EU’s Fit for 55 climate package provides an opportunity to tackle black carbon emissions from ships and deliver the EU’s Arctic Communication commitment to lead the drive to lower the carbon and environmental footprint of maritime transport.
Video Q&A: Why the EU’s Fit for 55 Package of Climate Regulations Must Include Black Carbon from Ships
The follow Q&A videos, presented by the Clean Arctic Alliance team considers how the EU’s Fit for 55 package can address black carbon and deliver a double-whammy by delivering the commitments in the new Communication and the IMO’s black carbon Resolution within the “brief and rapidly closing window to secure a liveable future” referred to in the latest IPCC AR6 report.