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Environmental NGOs on EU CO2 initiative: Business as usual

The European Commission's new CO2 initiative brings nothing new to the table and contains far too little to make shipowners reduce their CO2 emissions, say several environmental organizations, including Brussels-based Transport & Environment.

The EU Commission's CO2 initiative, presented in late June, dissapoints several environmental organizations who were hoping for quicker, more specific efforts to reduce the CO2 emissions from shipping as well as emissions of sulfur and nitrogen oxides, writes Brussels-based environmental organization Transport & Environment in a comment related to the proposal, together with another environmental NGO, Seas at Risk.

EU has proposed a monitoring system where major ocean going ships, which estimates say are responsible for 90 percent of CO2 emissions, will be the first ones to install systems monitoring and collecting data regarding each ship's CO2 emissions. The proposal was expected, as the EU last year decided to abandon its hard-liner strategy, where EU Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard, in particular, had treathened to introduce a unilateral market-based proposal from the EU because the IMO was too slow to act on the matter.

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