S&P Global Commodity Insights is launching daily Platts price assessments for freight emissions under the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS), to show the cost of CO2 emissions from fuel combustion to transport crude or fuel oil on an Aframax tanker via an initial four European shipping routes, beginning on August 1.
Peter Norfolk, Editorial Director, Global Shipping and Freight, S&P Global Commodity Insights, said: “As efforts to decarbonise the shipping sector continue, pricing transparency is crucial for the industry to act effectively. The effect of the EU ETS on the shipping industry will be profound, and will be followed by more such measures as the industry faces up to the challenge of energy transition. These new Aframax carbon-accounted freight prices combine the best of Platts’ first-to-market carbon intensity assessments and its best-in-class freight pricing and coverage.”
The new assessments build on the suite of freight carbon intensity values and freight carbon intensity premiums Platts began publishing in October 2021. Those earlier carbon intensity assessments show the volume of greenhouse gas emissions generated through transporting various crude grades from production storage terminals to typical refinery locations around the world, as well as the cost of offsetting those emissions using carbon credits on a per barrel of crude basis.
The new carbon-accounted Aframax freight assessments show the cost of EU Emissions Allowances (EUAs) that would be required to comply with the EU ETS for some of the key tanker routes supplying Europe, and will be published in Worldscale points and in US$/t.
For its new assessments, Platts is employing baseline market norms for vessel speed and bunker fuel consumption, verified by extensive market surveys. The calculations will use Platts daily EU Emission Allowance Nearest-December price (EADLP00). The ‘tank-to-wake’ carbon emissions based on the fuel consumption will be calculated using the carbon conversion factors published in Annex 1 of Regulation (EU) 2015/757 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the monitoring, reporting and verification of carbon dioxide emissions from maritime transport.