Update on review of the Recreational Craft Directive

In December, EBI and experts nominated by EBI members participated in videoconferences with the experts of the RCD consortium. These videoconferences were on the topics of exhaust emissions, evaporative emissions, and design categories. In each one of them, EBI was able to present its position, which all EBI members had contributed to and had agreed in 2019/2020. Key points on the practical perspective, as well as the future developments of the industry, were brought across and followed up with written input to the consortium.

A new development is that measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from recreational boats will also be included in the review and may feature in a future revision of the RCD. The European Commission confirmed to EBI that the European Green Deal is behind this decision, which has the target of making the EU carbon-neutral EU by 2050, with an intermediate reduction target of 55% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels (as proposed by the Commission). EBI will closely engage with the consortium to provide input and suggestions on how greenhouse gas emission measures could be implemented, and will emphasise the proactive role of the recreational boating industry.

Based on these points, the EBI Executive Committee and experts are currently preparing detailed papers with regulatory suggestions for the future development of the RCD.

As part of the review, a consultation with a deadline of 14 March was launched by the European Commission. EBI will respond to the consultation and encourages its members to do the same.


The review of the Recreational Craft Directive (RCD) will be based on a report carried out by a consortium of companies: Panteia (The Netherlands), TNO (The Netherlands) and Emisia (Greece). The study has a 10-month timeline. Following the study, the Commission will prepare a report that sets out the conclusions of the study, as well as potentially other areas to address. At the same time, the Commission will decide whether the current RCD is suitable or whether legislative changes should be proposed. The deadline for this is January 2022 and would then be followed by the legislative process in the European Parliament and Council of the EU (representing Member States).

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