Global Shipping Strikes Major GHG Deal
After a series of meetings at the IMO headquarters, the global shipping industry has finally come to an agreement to slash greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 50% by 2050.
Shipping was originally left out of major nation-based climate accords, with some countries such as the US and Saudi Arabia not wanting to cut shipping emissions at all.
Global shipping is responsible for as much GHG emitted over the world as country with the size and output of Germany.
This equates to the global shipping industry as being the sixth biggest polluter in country-based global terms.
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Secretary General of the IMO Kim Li-Tack said: "This initial strategy is not a final statement but a key starting point."
Despite a largely positive reception to the deal, the US remains cynical about the demand to reduce emissions by such a lofty figure.
The Head of the US delegation to the IMO Jeffrey Lantz said: "We do not support the establishment of an absolute reduction target at this time.
"In addition, we note that achieving significant emissions reductions, in the international shipping sector, would depend on technological innovation and further improvements in energy efficiency."
Lantz is very much following the tone of US President Donald Trump who has long been a doubter of man-made climate change.