EU komissio pohtii edelleen huvivenedirektiivin uusintaa, mutta aikataulu on selkeästi venymässä. Uusinta voi jopa vaatia kokonaan uuden prosessin julkisine kuulemisineen ja vaikutusarvioineen ja voi viedä kaksi vuotta ennen kuin komissio esittää ehdotuksen uudeksi direktiiviksi. Komissio tutkii edelleen veneilyn päästöjen vähentämisen vaihtoehtoja ja vaikutuksia, mutta on selkeästi tunnistanut veneilyn hyvin pienen osuuden päästöistä. Haihtuvien yhdisteiden osalta tutkitaan USA:n tiukempien standardien soveltamista myös EU:ssa. Alla EBI:n (venealan Euroopan kattojärjestö European Boating Industry) tilannekatsaus:
European Commission report on the RCD
The European Commission published its second report on the Recreational Craft Directive (RCD) on 28 July. It covers exhaust emissions, Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions, evaporative emissions, and design categories. It is largely based on a third-party study executed for the European Commission and contains an outlook on potential changes to the RCD.
On exhaust emissions and GHG emissions, the Commission seems likely to set more strict emission standards and include electric engines in the RCD. It is also considering stricter emission limits that would require installation of additional technology, such as three-way catalytic aftertreatment, exhaust gas recirculation, selective catalytic reduction.
On evaporative emissions, the Commission seems likely to want to introduce limits in the RCD based on US standards. It is not clear whether this will cover all sources of evaporative emissions or only fuel hoses and fuel lines. More widespread use of zero emission propulsion may impact this assessment. On design categories, the Commission will not make large changes but may include upper limits for Category A and include definitions of key terms for better clarity and understanding by consumers.
The meeting of the RCD Expert Group, which brings together the European Commission, Member States, and stakeholders, was the first occasion to officially discuss the reports. EBI presented its two comprehensive position papers on the RCD review, which were welcomed by the Commission for their proactive approach and showed an interest to discuss these in more detail.
In its presentations, the European Commission mentioned that air pollution impact from the recreational craft sector is quite small and will only be very relevant at peak times and in specific locations (such as marinas). Before any legislative changes to exhaust emission limits and new evaporative emission limits will be presented, a detailed impact assessment is necessary to look at social, economic, and environmental impacts.
On changes to the RCD, the Commission still seems interested in revising the Directive and incorporating new elements, but this requires an entirely new process consisting of public consultation, evaluation, impact assessment before any proposal is presented. The timing of this process has not been decided yet and it may take up to 2 years (or more) before a legislative proposal is presented. EBI will continue advocating on the key issues for the industry based on the position paper prepared in cooperation with members.