IMO fails to agree efficiency rules for new ships

National representatives at a meeting of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) last week failed to agree on mandatory energy efficiency standards for new ships that could have played an important role in curbing the sector's CO2 emissions.

A coalition of emerging economies including China, Brazil, South Africa and India blocked a draft regulation on Friday, the last day of a week-long meeting of the IMO's marine environment protection committee (MEPC) in London.

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