Industry, NGOs call for EU hydrogen quota for shipping

A broad coalition of energy providers, shipping companies and NGOs – including Siemens Energy, Viking Cruises, Green Power Denmark and Brussels-based organizations Hydrogen Europe and Transport & Environment (T&E) – has called on the EU to introduce a minimum quota of 6% sustainable and scalable hydrogen fuels by 2030.

Last year the European Commission, the EU’s executive body, proposed a shipping fuel law (FuelEU Maritime Regulation) aimed at increasing the uptake of alternative marine fuels. 

Unfortunately, the law fails to guarantee the competitiveness of sustainable and scalable e-fuels, and risks promoting cheaper, unsustainable fuels. The coalition therefore calls on the European Parliament and EU Council to improve the proposal by including a dedicated e-fuels sub quota in the proposed regulation.

Delphine Gozillon, sustainable shipping officer at T&E, said: “An ambitious shipping fuels law will be key to set the shipping sector on course for full decarbonization. Sustainable e-fuels are currently too expensive compared to other alternatives such as fossil LNG and biofuels, holding back investments in production facilities, refueling infrastructure in ports and zero-emission ships. 

“However, with a bit of a push, e-fuels produced from renewable hydrogen can be scalable. That’s why we need a quota to get the ball rolling and encourage companies to start investing in clean shipping fuels. Shipping does not need to be a dirty industry forever.”

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