Carbon emissions from the world’s ships could increase by 50% by 2050 if left unchecked, according to Transport and Environment (T&E), which has urged the EU to introduce new CO2 standards for ships while in operation.
In a statement citing a report released by the UN maritime agency, T&E, a non-profit environmental organisation, said emissions had increased by 10% in just six years.
As well as the need for new standards, T&E also urged the EU to include maritime emissions in its carbon emissions data to better oversee pollution in Europe.
The sector’s methane emissions increased by 150% in the last six years because of the increased deployment of liquified natural gas (LNG) ships, the study finds.
It also reveals the weakness of the IMO’s 40% carbon intensity reduction target – three-quarters of the targeted improvements had been achieved before the goal was even adopted in 2018.
Faïg Abbasov, T&E’s shipping programme manager, said: “Shipping’s carbon pollution has grown at an alarming rate and could rise by half by 2050 if real action is not taken.
“Now is the time for the EU to push ahead with its plan for emissions trading for shipping and also quickly adopt the CO2 standards the European Parliament has called for.
“Standards will drive the uptake of the hydrogen and ammonia that European shipping needs to decarbonise.”