Position of the European Sea Ports Organisation on taxation of OPS
ESPO welcomes that the Evaluation and Fitness Check Roadmap of the Commission on the evaluation of the Energy Taxation Directive (2017) makes a reference to an exemption on OPS. ESPO believes that a permanent tax exemption for the use of shore-side electricity would put it on an equal footing with electricity generated on board of ships which is produced from the combustion of tax exempted fuels. It would take away a great disadvantage of using OPS and would contribute to leveling the playing field. Additionally, the uptake of OPS would contribute to further improving air quality and achieving the EU climate targets.