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Shipping is searching for its Airbus moment in showdown with EU

The EU Commission will before long decide on how the shipping sector should be placed under the European Emissions Trading System. One area in particular is decisive to Maersk and the rest of the sector.

The container sector's interest group World Shipping Council warns the EU against too far-reaching measures if it decides to include shipping in the EU Emissions Trading System, ETS. | Photo: PR / Dietmar Hapenpusch / Port of Hamburg Marketing Association

When the international aviation sector looked set to become part of the EU's Emissions Trading Systems, ETS, for carbon quotas for real, political superpowers such as the US and China intensified their warnings.

China, for instance, threatened to cancel a massive billion dollar order for Airbus planes, and the EU Commission ultimately loosened the measures. This was back in 2013.

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