ECO account / ECO card

 
1st January 2011 saw the introduction of an electronic payment system (SPE-CDNI) for the collection and disposal of oily and greasy waste resulting from the operation of vessels. The disposal of this waste is financed by a disposal charge paid by the vessel’s operator. Payment of this charge requires the opening of an ECO account which is the key to accessing the SPE-CDNI.
 

Everything starts with the ECO account…

The ECO account is opened by the vessel’s operator or owner with the national institution (NI) of his choice.
 
Opening the account is preceded by completion of a registration form. Upon receiving the form, the NI will create an ECO account and link a card (or several cards) to it.
 
The opening of the ECO account will enable the vessel’s operator or owner to credit his ECO account with sufficient funds to cover subsequent disposal charges. The payment is to be made to the NI’s bank account; the NI will ensure that the information on the amounts collected is immediately sent to the SPE-CDNI, then transferred to the depositor’s or account holder’s ECO account. Once this data has been registered in the SPE-CDNI, the amount paid in will be available, for payment of the disposal charge, when purchasing gas oil anywhere within the CDNI’s area of application. Any unused credit may be returned to the depositor at any time.
 
All users can consult their ECO account online. The ECO account bears the name of the vessel’s operator and/or owner. The ECO card on the other hand is linked to the vessel.
 

…and continues with the ECO card

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The ECO card enables boatmasters to pay the disposal charge every time they bunker with zero-rated gas oil. Payment of this charge will confer access rights and enable oily and greasy waste to be freely deposited at the reception stations that are planned throughout the territory covered by the Convention.
 
The ECO card is the second component of the SPE-CDNI. It is the direct link between the ECO account and the vessel. The ECO card is used to charge the payment of the disposal charge to the ECO account in question. The bunkering station uses a mobile electronic terminal to process the transaction. To this end, the boatmaster presents his ECO card to the bunkering station during the bunkering process.
 
A new ECO card was rolled out throughout the network in 2019. The new-look ECO card has been modernised and now incorporates “contactless” functionality.
 
More information on the SPE-CDNI can be found in the brochure available on the page “Oily and greasy waste”.
 

Other possible uses of the ECO card

The ECO card can also be used for other inland navigation applications and services (payment of port fees, use of waste containers, opening doors, obtaining electricity or drinking water ashore…). For more information on use by third-party systems and how to receive this service, please contact the CDNI Secretariat (secretariat@cdni-iwt.org).
 
List of other possible uses of the ECO-card (places and services offered)

 

Forms and links to open an ECO account

Germany / Luxembourg

 

Switzerland

 

France

  • Formulaire de demande d’ouverture d’un ECO-compte et de délivrance de l’ECO-carte 425 ko
  • Conditions générales de paiement de la rétribution d’élimination et d’utilisation de l’ECO-compte et de l’ECO-carte 152 ko
  • More information and linking of additional vessels at: https://www.vnf.fr/vnf/

 

Belgium

  • Formulaire de demande d’ouverture d’un ECO-compte et de délivrance de l’ECO-carte 1325 ko
  • Conditions générales de paiement de la rétribution d’élimination et d’utilisation de l’ECO-compte et de l’ECO-carte 200 ko
  • More information and linking of additional vessels at: https://www.cdni.be/fr/gp_formulaires_70.aspx

 

Netherlands