Title: Energy performance, fuel intensity and carbon footprint of the Greek fishing fleet
Publisher: HCMR - Hellenic Center for Marine Research
Publication Year: 2015
JRC N°: JRC94806
ISBN: 978-960-9798-08-2
URI: https://cloudfs.hcmr.gr/index.php/s/Id8RsUEpBatAQan
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Fishing is a fuel consuming food production activity, and its energy efficiency performance has worsened over time. Assembling data from the whole fishing sector, the energy performance, fuel intensity and carbon footprint of the Greek fishing fleet, were assessed for the period 2004–2008. Results demonstrated declining trends in fishing effort and respective fuel consumption, associated with the fuel price hike in 2008. Bottom trawlers illustrated the higher levels of fuel intensity (>1.5lt of fuel/kg of fish landed) with purse seiners being at the opposite side (<0.35lt/kg). Although total CO2 emissions marginally decreased as a result of reduced fuel consumption, the overall carbon footprint indicator (kg CO2 emitted/kg fish landed) did not improve, suggesting that the Greek fleet and especially the rapidly ageing and outdated small scale fleet is not becoming more energy efficient and remains vulnerable to fuel price volatility.
JRC Directorate:Space, Security and Migration

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