Shipping’s first-ever inclusion into a carbon pricing mechanism has elicited positive reactions from the continent’s shipowners, although some groups still expressed a preference for global regulations rather than regional ones.

The reactions from European Union shipping groups came after policymakers agreed late on Tuesday to gradually include the maritime sector into the bloc’s Emissions Trading System — EU ETS — over a three-year period stretching into 2027.

“European shipowners welcome the outcome,” the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) said in a statement.