Assessing and Monitoring Carbon Footprint

The European Commission, Member States and the fisheries sector should improve the quality of data on EU fleets’ fuel consumption and emissions. We also believe the European Commission and Member States should accelerate research to quantify the impact of fishing on EU marine carbon stores, the carbon storage capacity and disturbance sensitivity of marine habitats.The European Commission should support the development of a fuel and emissions monitoring programme designed to collate accurate, standardised data on fuel consumption and CO2 emissions at the vessel level across Member States. 

Member States should mandate that every vessel monitor, record, and report its fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, through the integration of fuel-monitoring tools and reporting systems onboard vessels.

The European Commission should make publicly available data on the fuel consumption, energy efficiency, and CO2 emissions of EU fishing fleets and should design the different targets of the roadmap based on these concrete data.