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27. November 2019


Danish Shipping: We need a Commission with a global mindset

Today, the European Parliament has approved the new European Commission. Danish Shipping believes we need a Commission with a global mindset that join forces with the rest of the world in handling the climate challenges.

The new Commission has a strong focus on climate, a green transition and research, and therefore Danish Shipping shares many of its priorities, as Danish Shipping’s highest priority is to reduce the CO2-emissions from the shipping industry.

“It is important that we continue to have a strong focus on solving the climate challenges. This focus by the Commission is therefore fully supported by Danish Shipping. However, I hope the Commission remembers that global challenges can never be solved in the EU alone. We must join forces with the rest of the world,” says Jens Valdemar Krenchel, Head of the EU Representation of Danish Shipping.

Shipping is a global industry which transports goods around the globe every day. Therefore, Danish Shipping is concerned that the new President of the Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, has proposed more regulation of the shipping industry on a European level.

“We will always advocate for global regulation of the shipping industry. This is done through UN’s International Maritime Organisation, IMO. This is the only way we can handle the climate challenges effectively, and at the same time secure a level playing field,” says Jens Valdemar Krenchel.


Research and innovation are key

Danish Shipping is very pleased that the new Commission will invest record amounts in cutting-edge research and innovation. In this area, it is important to have a European focus, and Danish Shipping is still ready to take an active part.

“I very much hope for a good and constructive cooperation between the Commission and the European shipping industry on this area. It is crucial that we find new and sustainable fuels for our ships. This can only be done through massive investment in research and innovation,” says Jens Valdemar Krenchel.



  • The EU shipping industry contributes a total of €147 billion to the EU’s annual GDP.
  • Shipping to and from as well as within the EU accounts for approx. 1/6 of the shipping industry’s CO2-emissions.
  • In 2018, The International Maritime Organisation, IMO, adopted a strategy to reduce total emissions from shipping by at least 50% in 2050, compared to 2008.