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MSC Again Ranks Among EU’s Biggest Carbon Emitters

Swissbased MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company has moved up a notch Transport & Environment’s ranking of Europe’s biggest carbon emitters.

The Brusselsbased nongovernmental environmental group reports that MSC emitted 10.9Mt of CO2 on all voyages departing or arriving at European ports last year, ranking it as the bloc’s sixth largest climate polluter alongside coalfired power plants. While MSC’s 2020 carbon emissions fell by about 3% compared from 2019, MSC still climbed to number six on the list from 7th place 2019 and 8th place in 2018, according to T&E.

The group says the EU must clean up the industry by making shippers both pay for all their pollution and start using green fuels on European routes.

“For the third year running, the biggest shipping emitter has climbed the top 10 of Europe’s largest polluters,” said Jacob Armstrong, shipping officer at T&E. “It’s emblematic of an industry that doesn’t pay a cent for its pollution. That a ship operator is overtaking coal plants shows that business as usual isn’t working. We need an EU carbon market that makes shipping pay for all its pollution.”

Based on T&E’s analysis, the vast majority (65% to 79%) of the five biggest shipping companies’ pollution was on voyages between European and nonEuropean ports.

“Anything less than a carbon market covering extraEuropean voyages lets the biggest shipping companies off the hook and leaves smaller operators who sail mainly within Europe to pick up the tab,” added Armstrong. “It would also forfeit ETS revenues that could be reinvested in greening the sector.”

Later this month, the European Commission is expected to publish proposals to include European shipping in the EU carbon market (ETS) and establish the world’s first sustainable fuels mandate for ships (Fuel EU Maritime Regulation).

The opinions expressed herein are the author’s and not necessarily those of News2Sea.

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