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Container lobby warns: European quotas will complicate IMO's climate work

The shipping sector faces decisive negotiations in the fall. The EU's efforts to include shipping in the Emissions Trading System are far from helpful, says the CEO of the World Shipping Council.

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The discussions about how shipping should be included in the EU's Emission Trading System, ETS, in the future are very much on the agenda now after the EU Parliament as well as the Commission last week pointed toward quotas, though from two different starting points.

As such, now is the time for a frank discussion about the implications of those proposals, says John Butler, CEO of the World Shipping Council, WSC, which covers a large part of the container industry. The association recently published a report that outlines the various consequences, depending on how many ships will, in the next couple of years, be included in the ETS.

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