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Ships should cut CO2 emissions - European climate commissioner

Date: 11/11/2010

Sea shipping needs a global agreement on carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions similar to that established by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), EU Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard said yesterday. In October during the 37th session in Montreal, ICAO members signed an agreement envisaging the elimination of greenhouse gas emissions by all forms of aviation transport by 2020.

Hedegaard said that aviation was included in the Emissions Trading System, the EU's key tool for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

"Sea shipping would be a good (next) candidate. We consider it illogical that the only really global means of transportation, aviation and shipping industry do not fall under the Kyoto protocol," Hedegaard said.

The climate commissioner cited the Danish shipping company, Maersk, the world's largest sea carrier, which saved $1.5 billion in fuel costs in 2009 by reducing the speed of its ships as an example of the befits of cutting emissions.

 
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