French ferry and logistics company Brittany Ferries has explained how the forthcoming EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) will affect its operations.
ETS is designed to cut greenhouse gas emissions, whilst further incentivising energy-efficient and low-carbon solutions. A cornerstone of the EU’s policy to combat climate change, it is the world’s first carbon market.
As part of the ‘Fit for 55’ package, which underpins the EU’s political pledge to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% in 2030 (compared with 1990 levels), the ETS has been revised to help reach the EU’s aim of becoming climate-neutral by 2050.
From 1st January, 2024, the scheme will be extended to the shipping sector, applying to all services to and from EU ports, including ferry travel.
Ferry companies are required to purchase emissions allowances from the EU, based on the levels of greenhouse gas emissions they generate.
To comply with the ETS, Brittany Ferries is introducing an ETS surcharge for all customers travelling on its services to help cover the allowance from the EU.
The company claimed that it was already driving forward cleaner, greener ferry travel with new hybrid-powered ships, hydrodynamic design improvements and other environmental initiatives, such as real-time routing software.
However, the importance of the ETS in helping drive down emissions further is recognised, Brittany Ferries said.
According to UK Department for Transport (DoT) data, ferry travel is a greener way to travel with significantly lower greenhouse gas emissions, compared with flying.
Brittany Ferries has applied an ETS surcharge since 1st November, 2023 to all new bookings where travel is due to take place from 1st January 2024. The price of the ETS surcharge is based on the number of passengers, length of crossing and type of vehicle.
For example, a group travelling from Portsmouth to Caen with a car and two passengers will pay £1 x 2 for the passengers + £6 for the car = £8 total.