Sweden to boost on-shore power

Sweden is planning to give energy tax breaks to ships that use on-shore power while berthed in ports. On-shore electricity is quieter and less polluting than electricity produced on board. The tax cuts will target vessels with significant on-board electricity generation, and will therefore be restricted to vessels of at least 400 tonnes. The European Commission backs the measure and has adopted a proposal for a Council Decision authorising Sweden to apply a reduced electricity tax rate. The proposal will be discussed and authorised by EU member states and would apply for a three-year period.

Source:European Commission, 8 April 2011

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