VAT exemption for onshore power supply (OPS)

On 13th October, Europe’s environmental port experts gathered at the 2017 Greenport Conference Amsterdam for the 12th edition of the GreenPort Conference and 5th edition of the GreenPort Cruise Conference.

European ports ask for a VAT exemption for onshore power supply (OPS) used by ships at berth. This would bring OPS on equal footing with the electricity generated on board of ships that benefits from VAT exemption, take away an important disadvantage of using OPS and would further contribute to better air quality.

OPS Master Plan for Spanish Ports welcomes the Commission’s intention to address this issue in the Evaluation and Fitness check of the Energy Taxation Directive.

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