US and EU lament the IMO's carbon plan but settle for low ambitions

Brazil, India, Russia, China and Saudi-Arabia have succeeded in insisting on a carbon plan that several nations and green NGOs have describe as utterly unambitious. The MEPC meetings are thus far characterized by severe disagreement and organizational chaos.

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When the MEPC meeting went past the three-hour mark yesterday, the chair opted to extend the 76th session in the IMO's environmental committee, which will discuss until June 17 how shipping can contribute to the reduction of carbon emissions through to 2030.

The meeting ended up lasting another hour and 40 minutes, but the interpreters left the meeting after the three hour mark as agreed beforehand. Subsequently, the participants who are not English-speakers had to do without them or refrain from commenting on the important discussion paper that is on the table.

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