Maritime transport emissions must be drastically cut further if the European Union hopes to become carbon neutral by 2050, the European Maritime Safety Agency warned.
In 2019, maritime transport to and within the EU accounted for 13.5 percent of transport-related emissions on the continent, the agency said in a report.
Nearly 77 percent of European external trade and 35 percent of all trade among EU member states occurs on maritime routes, it said.
Though EU carbon dioxide emissions stemming from navigation have dropped by around 26 percent from 1990, they are still around 16 million tonnes, or 18 percent of global maritime emissions, the report stated.
It attributed the decrease to fleet renewals and greater energy efficiency.
The agency noted, “Continued action to reduce its environmental footprint is needed for the [maritime] sector to play its part in turning Europe into a climate-neutral continent by 2050.”