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Bottom Line Impact of Cap and Trade

Right before MEPC 61, there was quite a bit of press regarding the potential establishment of Cap and Trade in the shipping industry. If Cap and Trade were to be established, what would be the potential bottom line impact of such a scheme on ship owners’ daily operations?

Carbon Positive publishes an interesting web site, previously mentioned several times here on Clean Air at Sea, http://www.carbonpositive.net/ . Take a look at their home page, and scroll down a bit. On the bottom right, they have prices listed for carbon credits as applicable to industry in several markets where Cap and Trade regulations are in existence.

Which figures should ship owners pay particular attention? The EU market indices. As CO2 regulations will most likely hit the EU first, these are the most relevant. Now, a VLCC operating without CO2 controls emits in excess of 100,000 tons of CO2 annually: That is an enormous bottom line impact on operations. At 17 Euros per ton, that equates to 1.7 million euros per year, for one vessel. This is equivalent to more than two month’s fuel expenses for some operations. Though some ETS have exemptions and subsidies, a ship owner with a large fleet will absolutely feel the impact, as will their shareholders. Add in the costs associated with reporting and compliance, and Cap and Trade becomes very expensive.

Ship owners simply cannot afford to wait until regulations are in place before planning to minimize their carbon footprint. What should be done?

  1. Install a performance management system.
  2. Examine the amount of time spent within the EU waters, since this is likely the first location.
  3. Install emissions monitoring. This may or may not be required by the rules, but without bona fide proof of emissions, you are at the mercy of regulatory authorities.
  4. On new builds, design the vessels for CO2 minimization in addition to fuel and cargo efficiency.
  5. Consider CO2 reduction systems, such as STI’s.

 The time to plan is now. All of the solutions mentioned above take time in order to implement. The costs of an ETS are enormous over the long term. Your business and profitability are at risk. Why chance it by sticking your head in the sand?

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