Fit for 55 and 2030 milestones for maritime shipping. A pathway towards 2050

The European Commission presented its ‘Fit for 55’ package (FF55) in July 2021, which contains legislative proposals that aim to reduce the emissions from maritime transport with a view to reaching a net-zero economy by 2050. This report analyses how and in what way the proposals would set shipping on a pathway towards decarbonisation by 2050 and what might eventually be necessary on top of that to reach this goal.

In order to identify the pathways to decarbonisation, the report analyses five scenario studies from different organisations and research institutes. The common feature of these studies is that they provide roadmaps for the decarbonisation of the shipping sector by 2050. Although the roadmaps make different assumptions about the availability and cost of renewable fuels, and expect different fuels to be used in the maritime sector in the coming decades, they have several commonalities for 2030.

The study is part of the letter sent by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management to the Dutch parliament on 30 November 2022.

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