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Container lines' CO2 calculators "riddled with absurdly poor data"

Are there 21,665 kilometers from Shanghai to New York? Or 19,721 kilometers, or just 878 kilometers? This varies according to which container shipping line customers ask for CO2 emission documentation from. On the same route, emissions could even vary by 80 percent.

Photo: PR / Cosco Shipping

While the IMO is preparing for the decisive CO2 meeting in March 2020, there seems to still be a long way to go before the shipping companies which must supply the crucial data can agree on how to calculate the numbers.

At any rate, this is the case if one uses the CO2 emission calculators provided by the shipping companies to their customers.

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