The Lloyd’s List Podcast: Where does shipping fit into the EU Net-Zero Industry Act?
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Europe’s Net-Zero Industry Act, Brussels’ response to the US Inflation Reduction Act, could represent a step-change in efforts to enhance security and support the energy transition of industry in the bloc. But what does that mean for shipping? On the podcast this week ECSA secretary-general Sotiris Raptis helps decode the significance of the EU’s latest Green Deal
EUROPE launched its much anticipated response to the US Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) this week and while it is not a shipping-specific move there are significant implications for shipping.
The Net-Zero Industry Act essentially sets out plans to turbocharge the production of clean energy technologies across the European Union, while enticing more green investment to the bloc, and reducing member states’ reliance on imports from China and other nations.
It sets out measures to speed up the permits process and boost power grid infrastructure and it includes domestic production targets for eight industries, including solar, wind, batteries and electrolysers. But not shipping.
However there are important considerations for shipping, not least the fact that it aims to accelerate the use of CO2 capture and storage and improve conditions for investment in net zero technologies.
The headline target of the proposed regulation is a goal for 40% of the bloc’s demand for a raft of “strategic” clean technologies to be met with products, services, and materials sourced within the region by 2030.
So this is about Europe competing with the US and China.
Brussels’ response to the IRA has involved loosening subsidy rules to keep companies in the region. It also wants to curb its dependence on China for much of its green industry supply chain and create jobs domestically.
Sotiris Raptis, secretary-general of the European Community Shipowners’ Association, joins Lloyd’s List editor Richard Meade on this week’s podcast to discuss what all this means for shipping and why we should care about how the final details are worded.