Massive divergence on emission cuts laid bare

Splash has gained an exclusive infographic of the divergent views from IMO member states and top shipping organisations on shipping emission cut proposals.

The graph shows shipping’s emissions if the industry carries on business as usal (BAU), as well as proposals from the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), and more aggressive cuts by Japan, and also a host of European nations. The most severe cuts have been proposed by a clutch of Pacific islands, led by the Marshall Islands whose ambitious call demands zero emissions by 2035.

IMO member states are meeting meet this week in the latest round of climate talks with clear divisions emerging. While Scandinavian and Pacific nations are pushing for dramatic emission cuts, others such as Brazil, Argentina, Saudi Arabia, and India are keen to delay any firm emission cut commitments.


Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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