A meeting between ESPO and Interferry has agreed a common work programme to promote an environmentally sustainable future for the European ferry business through the provision and use of onshore power supply (OPS).
- Ferries must be recognised as a sustainable passenger transport mode.
- Ferry ports should act as soon as possible to deploy OPS, and ferry lines should commit to using OPS whenever it is available.
- Investments should initially be made where it makes most sense in terms of maximising emissions reductions per installation.
- Both ports and ferries call for a coherent and predictable framework that provides legal certainty for stakeholders.
- Huge investments require funding
- New fuels and technologies for greening the shipping industry should be encouraged and promoted, alongside development of the relevant safety and operational standards.
EU-wide tax exemption for electricity provided to ships at berth.