MEP Jutta Paulus urges EU Commission to include legislative proposals to reduce methane emissions

The new "Emissions Gap Report"of the United Nations has just been published. According to this report, humanity is currently heading for a world that will be more than 3 degrees warmer by the end of this century.

The report emphasises the need for comprehensive and drastic measures, also in connection with recovery aid in the wake of the Corona pandemic. A special focus is put on the responsibility of the shipping and aviation industry.

Without further measures to reduce emissions, maritime shipping and air traffic alone will consume 60 - 220 percent of the remaining CO2 budget in 2050. Maritime shipping must finally take responsibility for climate policy - just like any other sector. Unfortunately, the International Maritime Organization again failed to adopt effective measures in November. We cannot wait any longer for the IMO if we are serious about reducing emissions. That is why I, as the responsible negotiator in the European Parliament, will fight next year in the negotiations with the EU Commission and the Council for the introduction of an efficiency target for large ships, the extension of the ETS to maritime shipping, and the creation of a fund for marine protection and support for climate-friendly shipping.

Jutta Paulus MEP

In order to achieve an EU climate target of 55-60 percent, Ms. Paulus, who sits on the European Parliament's Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, states that Europe must achieve methane reductions of more than 30 percent.

To this end she is urging the European Commission to include legislative proposals to reduce methane emissions in its work programme for 2021.

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