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"We must acknowledge that there's a political will to introduce CO2 quotas for shipping"

Danish Shipping recognizes that there is a political ambition and will in the EU to make the much debated CO2 quotas applicable to shipping. Norwegian and German shipowners are against any regional climate meassures, they tell ShippingWatch.

Danish Shipping acknowledge that there is political will to introduce CO2 quotas within shipping, but emphasizes that "it's definitely not a flower grown in our backyard," says executive director Maria Skipper Schwenn of Danish Shipping. | Photo: PR/Danske Rederier

By now there is little doubt about the public support in the EU for introducing CO2 quotas for shipping, at least not if last week's vote in the European Parliament is an expression of the wants of the European people.

A majority of politicians in the parliament want to include the shipping industry under the EU's Emissions Trading Scheme, ETS, from 2022. Meanwhile, the parliament also supports a 40 percent CO2 reduction before 2030.

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