The European Parliament (EP) adopted the FuelEU Maritime regulation by majority vote on Tuesday with 555 members in favor, 48 against and 25 abstentions. The new regulation will take effect on Jan. 1, 2025 upon an official approval by the European Council (EC).

With regard to fuel for shipping, it is expected the obligation for ships of more than 5,000 gross tons to gradually reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, decreasing the amount of energy they use by 2% from Jan. 1, 2025; by 14.5% from Jan. 1, 2035; by 31% from Jan. 1, 2040; by 62% from Jan. 1, 2045; and by 80% from Jan. 1, 2050, compared to 2020 levels. The reductions will be on all energy used on board in EU ports or in navigation between them and 50% of the energy used for routes where the port of departure or arrival is outside of the EU or its outermost regions.

In addition, the new rules provide that, in order to reduce significant air pollution in ports, starting from 2030, container hips and passenger ships at berth at main ports will have to connect to electricity grids on land for all electricity needs.




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