IMO set for slow progress on shipping CO2 as EU mulls ETS inclusion

A meeting of the UN’s maritime arm on Friday made only very limited progress in agreeing near-term measures to cut greenhouse gas emissions, just a day after transport commissioner designate Adina-Ioana Valean talked up the prospect of the sector being included in the EU’s carbon market.

Observers said the meeting of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) in London late last week had once again procrastinated in deciding on measures such as speed restrictions that can be deployed by 2023, the date by which the EU said it could include shipping in its emissions trading scheme if the UN agency is judged to have made insufficient progress.

On November 14 in Brussels, Valean told the European Parliament’s environment committee that that maritime emissions should join the EU’s carbon market.

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