Shipping Not Covered in UN Climate Deal ?

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

September 10, 2015

Image: Institute for Atmospheric Physics

Image: Institute for Atmospheric Physics

 Shipping has a carbon footprint the size of Germany and growing. Unchecked, it could account for up to 14% of global emissions by 2050, says a report from RTCC (Responding to Climate Change).

UK and US envoys admit to industry the International Maritime Organization could be overruled on emissions goals.
The shipping industry is not covered by national climate pledges that form the backbone of a UN climate deal due for sign-off in Paris this December.
And the International Maritime Organization in May dismissed calls to set a greenhouse gas emissions target for the sector.
But shipping regulators are wary of having climate goals imposed by a Paris deal, they revealed at a conference in London on Tuesday. “IMO actually hasn’t done a bad job,” insisted UK maritime envoy Katy Ware. “We can’t have other people setting targets for shipping; we are the experts.” 
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