Shipping picked "the easiest possible benchmark" for its climate plan

The shipping industry gave itself "the easiest possible" starting point when it decided to use 2008 as a benchmark for its climate strategy, researchers tell ShippingWatch. And the underlying data is also poorer.

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The shipping industry "picked the easiest possible benchmark" when the UN's International Maritime Organization, IMO, settled on its climate strategy for shipping in the spring of last year.

After years of work, the organization's member states agreed on a strategy that aims for, as a minimum, a 50 percent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, and a reduction in CO2 intensity by 40 percent in 2030.

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