January 16, 2021

MYBA in talks with EU officials over Green House Gas Reduction commitments for large yachts

13th July 2012:

A delegation from MYBA – the Worldwide Yachting Association has been involved in senior-level talks, recently, over potential implications for owners and operators of large yachts involved with the EU’s intended Green House Gas Reduction Commitment for yachts.

Held in Brussels on the 19th April and hosted by a senior representative from the EU, the meeting was attended by a panel of three MYBA technical experts, along with Jasper Faber from CE Delft – MYBA’s environmental consultants.

The outcome of a carbon emissions policy for large recreational and charter vessels is an important issue and why MYBA were keen to voice concerns over a number of issues.

The visiting delegation stressed the point that on a practical level, the issue of administering and monitoring a policy for yacht operators and crew (when finally decided upon) needs to be kept to realistically low and manageable levels, if it is to be universally successful.

A stakeholder consultation document submitted by MYBA prior to the meeting, set out a number of constructive points amongst which included MYBA’s view that yachts should be included in an agreement on carbon emissions, but there should be no distinction between commercially and privately registered yachts, because the same type of yacht, with the same emissions, can be registered either way.

At the meeting the EU Commission confirmed support of an international regulation of maritime green house gas / carbon emissions through the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). Yet due to obstacles remaining in ongoing IMO proposals – and should nothing transpire in time – the EU are committed to finding their own proposal and mandated to present such a policy to the Commission and European Parliament for debate during 2013/14. This could lead to a decision in 2014, with the potential to come into force by 2017/18.

To date four different policy ideas for discussion have been proposed by the EU, from which a system based on fuel quantities, documented through existing oil records, and with monitoring certified by a competent authority such as the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA), for example, appears to be the preferred mechanism at this point in time.

The scope of the proposed programme would likely be limited to all voyages terminating in an EU port (ie intra-EU voyages, plus voyages into the EU). Compliance with the requirements for individual yachts would be certified by an authorised organisation and, in principal, two certificates carried on board would demonstrate compliance: (1) A certificate certifying the vessel has an
approved method of monitoring emissions and (2) a certificate certifying that the vessel has paid the appropriate monetary amounts, or retired a specified number of emissions allowances. Port State Control would then just need to verify corresponding certificates were present on board.

With the underlying objective of a green house gas policy being to drive energy efficiency in the maritime sector as a whole, most would agree that a policy of this kind for yachts should be viewed positively.

Constructive attendance by MYBA at the meeting in Brussels and ongoing commitment to this matter is further affirmation of MYBA’s position as senior lobbyist on behalf of its worldwide membership and the industry at large.

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