Ship owners: EU Commissioner wrong about Danish shipping

The Danish Shipowners’ Association partially agrees with EU Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard, who criticizes shipping’s lack of innovation and environmental improvements. But only partially.

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The Danish Shipowners’ Association admits that shipping has a problem – or challenge, if you will – when it comes to the environmental standard of the existing fleet. Thus, the Association basically agrees with EU Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard, who on ShippingWatch criticized the ship owners for not having done enough to improve the efficiency of ships between 1990 and 2010. According to research from DTU, the Danish Institute of Technology, the efficiency of important ships such as tank and dry bulk dropped with 5-10 percent in the period.

But the Danish Shipowners’ Association believes that the Danish ship owners are the exception that proves the rule, as according to the Association, Danish shipping has reduced its CO2 emissions by 25 percent since 2008, and because the Danish Shipowners’ Association is the only association in the world that publishes numbers on the amount of pollution emitted by every single ship operated by a Danish shipping company.

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