UN ORDERS SHIPPERS TO REDUCE CARBON EMISSIONS 50% BY 2050

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13 april 2018

[4C Note: a well-documtned article on the carbon cost of air travel appeared in Deutsche Welle last January.]


Energy and Environment

The shipping industry is finally going to cut its climate change emissions. That’s a big deal.

“The world’s shipping industry has now, for the first time, defined its commitment to tackle climate change, bringing it closer in-line with the Paris Agreement,” Tristan Smith, an expert on shipping and energy at the University College London energy institute, said in a statement.


by Chris Mooney, The Washington Post April 13

Member nations of the United Nations body charged with regulating shipping on the high seas adopted a first-ever strategy Friday to blunt the sector’s large contribution to climate change — bringing another major constituency on board in the international quest to cap the planet’s warming well below an increase of 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit).

The strategy embraced by a committee of the International Maritime Organization would lower emissions from container ships, oil tankers, bulk carriers and other vessels by at least 50 percent by the year 2050 vs. where they stood in 2008. The group also said that emissions from shipping should reach a peak, and begin to decline, as soon as possible.

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