Extension of EU ETS to maritime: information and resources


Since 1 January 2024, CO2 emissions from shipping companies having ships of or above 5 000 gross tonnage, calling at or departing from ports in the European Economic Area (EEA), are part of the EU’s Emissions Trading System (ETS).

Shipping companies are obliged to monitor and report their emissions and acquire and surrender ETS emission allowances for each tonne of their fleet CO2 emissions within the scope of the system.

The new system will be phased in gradually, with shipping companies surrendering increasing amounts of allowances between 2025 and 2027. More information on the system can be found here.

In order to prepare the maritime stakeholders for this change, EMSA and the European Commission’s Directorate General for Climate Action (DG CLIMA), has prepared a series of informative resources:

Webinars: between September – December 2023, three webinars have been held for shipping companies and industry stakeholders. The webinars can be watched again here.

Frequently asked questions: based on feedback from the industry and maritime stakeholders, EMSA and the Commission (DG CLIMA) have revised and updated two sets of frequently asked questions: frequently asked questions on the extension of the ETS to maritime and the accompanying frequently asked questions on the changes to the MRV Regulation.

Feedback and questions: Both EMSA and the Commission (DG CLIMA) remain available to answer questions from maritime stakeholders in relation to the new requirements under the revised MRV Maritime Regulation and the amended EU ETS Directive through the following email address: fitfor55@emsa.europa.eu

Other info:

THETIS-MRV: version 6.1 has been released, implementing a new Monitoring Plan Template. The Monitoring Plan in bulk upload and download functionality is also available now, in line with the XML schemas released in November (details can be found at the following link THETIS-MRV FAQ). The next release (v6.2) is planned for March/2024 and will include the new Emission Report template for the 2024 emissions.