UN maritime agency holds meeting aimed at curbing greenhouse emissions from ships

The UN maritime agency is holding a weeklong meeting aimed at curbing emissions from ships.

activists say that while shipping contributes only 2-3 per cent of global greenhouses gases, the industry’s efforts are essential to combating .

Proposals at the International Maritime Organization meeting that began Monday in London include keeping emissions below 2008 levels, but some shipping nations oppose such a cap.

members and other countries want a 70 per cent to 100 per cent reduction in greenhouse emissions by 2050.

They cite a study which found that alternative fuels, wind-assisted ships and electric engines could replace shipping fuels without endangering global trade.

Proposals to cut sulfur oxide emissions and to extend to the Arctic a ban on heavy fuel oil that already covers the Antarctic also will be considered.

Source: PTI

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