EU4Energy Workshop on fuel quality monitoring plans and sampling and analysis of marine fuels in Tbilisi
On 19 September, a first draft of legislation transposing the full set of provisions of Directive 1999/32/EC with focus on fuel quality monitoring plans and sampling and analysis of marine fuels was discussed in Tbilisi among experts of the Energy Community Secretariat, EU4Energy consultants and the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia. Participants received guidelines on the method for determining and monitoring the quality of liquid petroleum fuels (heavy fuel oil, gas oil and marine fuels) used by vessels navigating through inland maritime and territorial waters. Without prejudice to commitments under the EU-Georgia Association Agreement, the entire Directive should be fully implemented by 1 September 2021 in Georgia.
According to the provisions of the Implementing Decision on sampling and analysis for marine fuels, adopted last year by the Ministerial Council, Contracting Parties have to ensure that as of 1 January 2019, the sulphur content of the marine fuel being used on board will be checked in at least 30 % of the inspected ships.
This project is part of the EU4Energy Initiative which covers all EU support for evidence-based energy policy-making and energy efficiency in the region of the Eastern Partnership, which brings together the EU, its member states and six partner countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.
19 September in Tbilisi