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Shipping CEO wants CO2 tax reinvested in sustainable fuels

German container carrier Hapag-Lloyd supports the implementation of a CO2 tax on fossil fuels, and wants to see proceeds reinvested in initiatives that can accelerate the transition to sustainable fuels, says CEO Rolf Habben Jansen to EnergyWatch's sister media, ShippingWatch.

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The CEO of the fifth-largest container carrier, German Hapag-Lloyd, concurs with other major carriers and shipping associations that the shipping industry should be taxed on the use of fossil fuels to achieve the target of halving emissions by 2050.

Today, the day before the IMO's environment committee is to discuss the next steps in the decarbonization of the shipping industry, CEO Rolf Habben Jansen says in an email to ShippingWatch that "we do expect and understand that a CO2 tax will come – and generally support this."

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