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"The alternative to MEPC agreement would have been chaos"

The ambitious nations did not come close to getting what they wanted. "But there was no appetite for more," says a source about the result reached by the MEPC committee, as the desire to just reach an agreement became decisive. The Getting to Zero coalition says this could impede the 2030 target of achieving emission-free ships.

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The ambitious member states got far from what they were hoping for at this week's meeting of the IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee, MEPC.

Their strategy was to introduce clear sanctions for shipping companies and ships that fail to comply with the International Maritime Organization's 2030 plan of improving ships' efficiency by 40 percent a decade from now, compared to 2008 levels. And requirements need to be tightened significantly, so that those who ignore the rules cannot get away with just receiving warnings three years in a row before the hammer falls.

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