EU countries aim high in CO2 proposal ahead of London meeting

The EU negotiation paper ahead of a key IMO meeting a few weeks from now to discuss CO2 regulations is ambitious and draws together maritime nations, which usually stand far apart on matters relating to environmental regulation. The question is whether this unity will hold in London.

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EU countries that would normally not stand together on environmental matters relating to shipping have now settled on an ambitious negotiation paper to bring to IMO headquarters in London on April 3.

This date marks the beginning of a crucial meeting of the IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee, MEPC, where member states must agree on how the global commercial fleet should reduce its CO2 emissions in order to contribute to the 2015 Paris Climate Accord.

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