Bimco says 2008 "is an advantageous benchmark" for CO2 measurements

Why did IMO and the shipping industry pick 2008 as the benchmark for its plan to reduce shipping's CO2 emissions? It was the year when emissions peaked. Bimco says the year is advantageous to the shipping sector but does not believe it changes the task at hand.

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Tristan Smith calls it "a bit cynical" that the IMO and thus the shipping sector picked 2008 as its benchmark for the efforts to reduce CO2 emissions.

This was the year in which the emissions peaked, and it was also a year for which the data was particularly poor compared to subsequent years, says the maritime researcher from University College London.

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