EU TO MAKE SHIP CARBON EMISSION REPORTING MANDATORY
New EU proposals would require ship owners using European ports to measure and report annual carbon emissions starting January 2018. The plan will not include shipping emissions in the carbon market, but the proposal would create a legal framework for collecting and publishing data for all ships using EU ports, regardless of where the ships are registered. "The EU monitoring system will bring environmental and economic gains for the shipping sector by increasing transparency about emissions and creating an incentive for ship-owners to cut them," said Connie Hedegaard, EU commissioner for climate action. The commission says the system should cut emissions by up to two percent; without action, shipping emissions are expected to double by 2050. For the full story, see http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/jun/28/carbon-emissions-eu-ships. Earlier: http://elr.info/international/international-update/eu-expand-carbon-trading-system-0.