European shipowners: We are ready to reduce CO2

Shipping will likely be included in the UN's climate agreement which will be finalized in Paris later this year. And something needs to happen, for shipping as well, agrees DFDS CEO Niels Smedegaard, who will take over as chairman of the European shipowners in ECSA in two weeks.

It is clear that something needs to happen in terms of reducing CO2 emissions globally. And that applies to shipping as well, says DFDS CEO Niels Smedegaard, who currently serves as vice chairman of the European Community Shipowners' Association, ECSA, and who will take over as chairman of the organization in October. It was recently revealed that shipping and aviation will likely be included in a global climate agreement when the UN sits down to negotiate an agreement at the upcoming summit in Paris this December.

On Tuesday, representatives from seven of the European Parliament´s eight environmental political groups joined the field by issuing a letter to the EU's environment ministers stressing the "vital importance" of ensuring that these two sectors increase their environmental ambitions. And Niels Smedegaard is not surprised by this announcement, he tells ShippingWatch.

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