Norway calls on IMO to introduce global CO2 quotas for shipping

In a remarkable proposal, one of the world's largest shipping nations calls on the IMO to introduce CO2 quotas along with a demand to optimize the fleet. The proposal will be discussed this week preceding the defining MEPC meeting in November.

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If shipping is to achieve its goal of reducing CO2 emissions by 2050, it's not enough to impose a tax on fossil fuels or to demand higher ship efficiency. It's also not enough to introduce a quota system like the one the EU is working on.

To truly make a difference, ships must become significantly more efficient and thus emit less CO2 in combination with a global CO2 quota system implemented by the UN's International Maritime Organization (IMO), reads a proposal to be discussed preceding the defining meeting in the IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC).

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