IMO agrees on CO2 deal Maersk calls "ambitious"

After long-term preparations that led to two weeks of intense negotiations in London, the IMO's crucial meeting to settle a plan for shipping's CO2 reductions is now over and an agreement is settled. Emissions must be halved by 2050.

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IMO has agreed on a deal to at least halve the emissions of CO2 by 2050, after which it must be completely phased out, well-informed sources tell ShippingWatch.

From 2030, each individual vessel must reduce its emissions with 40 percent irrespective the development of world trade.

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Ambitious result

In a statement, John Bang Kornerup, Head of Sustainability Strategy & Shared Value, Strategy and Shared Value Projects, A.P. Moller – Maersk who attended the meetings this week, says the following:

"This week the UN International Maritime Organisation  took a crucial step forward in the efforts to limit green-house gas emissions, aligning global shipping with the Paris agreement and its temperature goals. The agreement aims to reduce CO2 emissions from shipping by at least 50% in 2050, with an ambition to phasing them out completely.

A.P. Moller - Maersk is committed to play its part in combating climate change as outlined in the Paris Agreement, with an ambitious target of reducing CO2 emissions by 60 %, per container moved, by 2020 (2007 baseline). We have made a good progress with 43% reached so far, however efficiency measures are drying out.

We welcome the new ambitious results, which provides a much needed and important policy signal that will help accelerate investments into low carbon solution in shipping. Shipping moves 80% of global trade and is the most energy efficient way of transporting goods. As such shipping plays a crucial role in creating growth, jobs and opportunities across the global economy.  Low carbon technologies are needed to ensure shipping can continue to fuel the global economy in a future low carbon world."

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