Spain is the second European country in maritime freight transport emissions

The ships that arrive and leave Spain emit more CO2 than the total cars of the 30 largest Spanish cities

Transport & Environment has prepared a study to analyze CO2 emissions from ships arriving and leaving Europe. The study does not yield good data from Spain, which it places second in Europe in maritime transport emissions.

The cargo ships coming in and out of Spain emit more CO2 than all vehicles in the 30 largest Spanish cities.This is the negative data of the latest Transport & Environment report on the CO2 emissions of merchandise ships arriving and leaving Europe.

Spain ranks second in countries after the Netherlands, with 17.11 million tons of CO2 emitted to its credit in 2018.

From environmental organizations, it is unacceptable that a high-CO2 industry does not pay any compensation for its emissions to the European Union.

For Maria Garcia, spokesman for Ecologists in Action“Spain has a great responsibility in the emissions generated by ships that dock on its coasts. We hope that the Spanish Government will announce concrete actions for the decarbonisation of the sector during these days that the World Climate Summit (COP25) is held in Madrid. The first commitment we request to deal with the climatic emergency is the stoppage of the expansion projects planned in several Spanish ports under the same fossil model”.

Carlos Bravo, T&E collaborating expert:

“It is time for national leaders to support the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and the European Parliament to reduce pollutant emissions from maritime transport, long ignored. For maritime transport to do its fair share, Europe must take maritime transport to a reformed carbon market and demand CO₂ standards for all ships that dock at its ports.

Shipping companies among the most polluting companies

The MSC (Mediterranean Shipping Company) has joined the list of the 10 most polluting companies in the European Union this year. The company was responsible for the emissions of 11 million tons of CO2 in 2018. According to Transport & Environment, if MSC were part of the EU’s emission rights trading system, it would be the eighth largest emitter of the block after the power plants coal and companies like Ryanair.

From environmental organizations, it is unacceptable that a high-emission industry does not pay any compensation for its carbon emissions to the European Union.