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EU Council of Ministers now supports fundamental CO2 question

The European Council of Ministers now supports Denmark's point of view on the question of how to measure ships' CO2 emissions. The decision, however, is not final.

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In the EU, Denmark has long been relatively alone in its opinion on how ships should calculate their CO2 emissions. But Denmark and trade organization Danish Shipping just won an important victory, as the European Council of Ministers now supports the country's method of reporting greenhouse gas emissions.

In short, the dispute concerns EU countries' different opinions on whether to include the cargo the ship is carrying or whether to measure the individual vessel from its deadweight, when calculating how much CO2 a ship emits.

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