The EU has adopted FuelEU Maritime

Published 09-08-2023

On 25 July 2023, the EU adopted a new fuel standard for shipping in the form of the "FuelEU Maritime" regulation.

Link to the regulation:

The purpose of FuelEU Maritime is to secure the demand for green alternative fuels by gradually reducing the greenhouse gas intensity of ships' fuels by up to 80% by 2050. Maritime transport accounts for 3-4% of the EU's total CO2 emissions, and therefore the regulation is an important step towards The EU's climate goal of climate neutrality in 2050.

The agreement enters into force on 1 January 2025 and applies to ships over 5,000 gt. and covers around 90% of the CO2 emissions from shipping in the EU. Furthermore, rules are established for the infrastructure, which e.g. requires the use of shore power in selected larger ports.

Facts about the FuelEU Maritime Regulation:

• The greenhouse gas intensity of fuels used in shipping will gradually be reduced over time, with a 2% reduction in 2025 and up to 80% reduction by 2050.
• Incentives will be established to promote the use of non-biological renewable fuels (RFNBO) with high decarbonization potential.
• From 2030, passenger ships and containers must use on-shore power supply or zero-emission technology for all electricity needs while docked at major EU ports.
• Voluntary pooling mechanism: Ships can join together and collectively achieve average compliance with greenhouse gas intensity limits.
• Time-limited exceptions will be established for special treatment of outer regions, small islands, and areas highly dependent on their foreign connections.
• Revenues generated from economic sanctions will be used for projects supporting the decarbonization of the maritime sector.




Danish Maritime Authority