FuelEU Maritime: how to reduce shipping emissions?

  • High-Level Roundtable in Brussels

A discussion with:

MEP Maria Spyraki, Director of the EEF


Moderated by Pascale Verheust, Director General of the EEF

During this fruitful High-Level Roundtable, we discussed shipping emissions reduction with EEF Director MEP Maria Spyraki, ENVI Shadow Rapporteur for Opinion on the FuelEUMaritime initiative.

In her exchange with the EEF Associate Members, she raised questions on the readiness of existing low-carbon and zero emission shipping technologies and offered her view on many aspects of the proposal.

She insisted on shared responsibilities, on regulatory certainty as the key to stimulating investments as well as on the need to bridge the price gap between conventional fossil fuels and sustainable alternative solutions.
On sustainable alternative fuels, the EEF members from the energy industry took the occasion to share their concerns on some points of the REDII revision and the AFIR proposal as well. Alongside this, some also said more ambitious targets could be set for decarbonising the sector.

MEP Spyraki finally stressed adopting a comprehensive approach is crucial, also in light of the new circumstances which urge the EU to reduce its dependency on oil and gas imports from Russia.

Thanks to all participant for a valuable debate!