Statement of CLIA and ECSA on the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) and its transport targets

Brussels, 28 March 2023 – Based on the initial political agreement achieved on 23 March on the FuelEU Maritime, the onus is put on maritime operators to use renewable fuels, without any corresponding obligation on the supply side.

In advance of the final round of negotiations on the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) on 29 March, the European Community Shipowners’ Association (ECSA) and the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) therefore call upon the European Institutions to ensure that a binding target is adopted for the supply of renewable and scalable marine fuels. This is crucial to ensure that sufficient quantities of zero and low carbon marine fuels are made available on the market at an affordable price.  

According to policy scenarios in the framework of the 2030 Climate Target Plan (CTP), “renewable and low carbon fuels should represent between 6% and 9% of the international maritime transport fuel mix in 2030 and between 86% and 88% by 2050 to contribute to the EU economy wide GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions reduction targets”. However today, the supply of such fuels to the maritime sector barely exists in Europe.

For more information contact:
ECSA: Luisa Puccio – [email protected]  +32 2 510 61 28
CLIA: Martyn Griffiths – [email protected] +32 479 97 21 56

*UPDATE* – 30 March

CLIA welcomes the provisional agreement on the Renewable Energy Directive which supports the decarbonisation of Europe. We also welcome the fact that the agreement does not just focus on Renewable Fuels from Non-Biological Origin, but maintains advanced bio-fuels as a solution which is available today. We also welcome the binding combined sub-target of 5.5% for advanced biofuels and RFNBOs and the minimum requirement of 1% of RFNBOs in the share of renewable energies supplied to the transport sector in 2030, which shows a firm commitment to achieving energy transition.

About Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA)
CLIA is the world’s largest cruise industry trade association, providing a unified voice for the industry as the leading authority of the global cruise community. On behalf of its members, affiliates and partners, the organization supports policies and practices that foster a secure, healthy, and sustainable cruise ship environment, promoting positive travel experiences for the more than 30 million passengers who have cruised annually. The CLIA community includes the world’s most prestigious ocean, river, and specialty cruise lines; a highly trained and certified travel agent community; and a widespread network of stakeholders, including ports & destinations, ship development, suppliers, and business services. For further information, please visit or and for more details on our sustainability agenda visit
ECSA represents 20 national shipowners’ associations based in the EU and Norway. European shipowners control 39.5% of the global commercial fleet, contribute 149 billion euros per year to the EU GDP and provide 2 million Europeans with careers both on board and ashore. ECSA strives for a regulatory environment that fosters the international competitiveness of European shipping, to the benefit of the EU.