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Martin Murray

Emissions In The Shipping Industry

By February 22, 2013

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shipping emissions In 2007 the global shipping industry emitted 1,046 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) which was 3.3 percent of total global emissions. The industry is exempt from the Kyoto protocol as it is considered a "clean" method of moving goods around the world. However, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) believes that there will be a significant increase in shipping activity, and therefore a significant increase in CO2 and sulphur emissions.

The IMO wants to reduce CO2 and sulphur and will be implementing new sulphur emission targets for marine fuel oil by 2015. The reduction of CO2 emissions has yet to be decided by the IMO, but the European Union (EU) could preempt any program by introducing an Emissions Trading System (ETS) for shipping companies. The introduction of Emission Control Areas (ECA) such as the United States Caribbean Sea ECA could force shipping companies to reducing CO2 and sulphur emissions sooner than expected.

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February 25, 2013 at 2:26 am
(1) Stuart Head says:

No-one would be silly enough to think that those mega-cargo ships don’t discharge vast amounts of pollution into the ocean and atmosphere.

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