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IMO is trying to introduce CO2 rules that virtually everyone in shipping disagree with

It is difficult to find anyone who thinks the IMO's upcoming CO2 calculator AER will benefit the environment. And yet, the calculator looks set to be passed into law in just a month. ShippingWatch asks Dr. Elizabeth Lindstad from Sintef to explain why. She also presents an alternative.

Chief Scientist at the independent research organization Sintef Ocean, Elizabeth Lindstad. | Photo: Elizabeth Lindstad

IMO is in the process of adopting a CO2 calculator that most shipping players do not actually support. Much to the frustration of the industry.

The trouble with the Annual Efficiency Ratio (AER), expected to be adopted during MEPC 76 next month, is mainly the fact that the calculator will not lead to a reduction in CO2 emissions – instead some fear it might lead to inefficiency and ballast voyages and therefore counteract the intended purpose of the tool. Additionally, support for the calculation tool is disturbingly sparse throughout the shipping industry.

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