Decisions by the European Union (EU) to include shipping and methane in its Emissions Trading System (ETS) makes the decision to opt for all low-carbon alternative fuels stack up, according to classification society DNV.

In its monthly note on fuelling uptake, DNV Maritime Advisory business principal consultant Martin Wold said: “With the preliminary agreement at the EU last week that shipping will be included in EU ETS starting from 2024, all low-carbon options now makes even more sense.

“Methane emissions will also be included, so methane slip from engines will come under even greater scrutiny,” Wold added.