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Container shipping's emissions dropped in 2019

Container shipping companies managed to reduce their emissions last year, reveal data from shipping organization Clean Cargo. Dry containers saw a drop in emissions twice that of reefer containers.

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CO2 and the search for ways to lower emissions is at the top of the agenda among the world's largest container shipping companies, and, according to organization Clean Cargo, things are moving in the right direction.

New figures from the organization show that container shipping lines on average managed to lower emissions for dry containers by 5.6 percent per kilometer last year. For refrigerated containers, so-called reefers, the drop averaged around 2.5 percent per kilometer.

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