Decarbonisation of the fishing fleet

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  1. Composition of the study group
  2. Administrator / Assistant in charge: Arturo INIGUEZ YUSTE/ Isabel ANTUNES 
  3. Contact


Fisheries in the EU are a fundamental activity for the food supply to the population. The current situation, ultimately resulting from the unprovoked Russian invasion of Ukraine, has further highlighted the vulnerability of the sector to energy price fluctuations. Therefore, energy transition is essential, not only in strictly environmental terms, but also to increase the adaptability of a sector such as the fisheries sector, which is highly dependent on fossil fuels, in the face of present and future economic difficulties arising from the progressive rise in the prices of these fuels.

However, this strategy is hampered by the fact that at present there seem to be no real viable alternatives to fossil fuels for the widespread use of alternative energies. Smaller vessels are of a size that does not allow the incorporation of some of the alternative energy sources that are being developed, while large fishing vessels will face financing problems to undertake this energy transition given the magnitude of the changes needed to do so.