On the 14th of June 2022, we held a workshop during which experts presented the decarbonisation solutions available in the maritime sector, followed by a discussion with various stakeholders on what is needed to decarbonise the EU fishing sector. This paper is aimed at sharing recommendations and resources developed as a result of the June 2022 workshop, and to instigate action on the necessary path to decarbonisation.Continue reading
While the journey to decarbonisation is in its primary stages, progress already made within the maritime sector has provided momentum and offers an incremental pathway for the decarbonisation of the fishing fleet. In order to align itself with the objectives of the EU Green Deal and other relevant international agreements, the global fishing industry will need to switch to new sources of energy. The purpose of this briefing paper is to present a feasibility analysis of batteries, synthetic fuels and wind propulsion for fishing vessels by examining examples from the shipping industry, while also considering the advantages and challenges presented by each source of energy.Continue reading
This report examines the wide-reaching reasons – which are overwhelmingly supported by science – to remove EU fuel subsidiesContinue reading
EU tax exemptions for fuel are harmful subsidies that reduce the costs of fishing, therefore leading to an increase of fishing capacity, and thus contributing to overfishing in the European UnionContinue reading
This short memo deals with the legal basis that the EU can rely upon in the revision of the Energy Taxation Directive (ETD).It will first discuss two cases of the CJEU (C-626/18 & C-482/17) that have dealt with the question of the applicable legal basis within the context of the revision of EU directives.Continue reading
This report is an overview of the state of carbon pricing in the EU and its prospects for the future. Drawing from academic literature and analyses of existing carbon pricing initiatives in the EU (both at the national and regional level), European Environmental Bureau have extracted some observations on the carbon pricing landscape in the Union by highlighting good and less good practices. With these, we aim to contribute to the ongoing carbon pricing and green taxation discussion to help guide policymakers.
The environmental, social and economic imperative for ending fuel subsidies in the fisheries sector.Continue reading
Harmful subsidies in fisheries artificially increase profits by reducing the cost of fishing and/or by increasing fishers’ revenue, resulting in overcapacity and overfishing.Continue reading