Shipping could become the first industry to have a global carbon dioxide reduction measure.
If it is agreed, it would set a fine example to the aviation industry. Shipping is a ‘twin’ of aviation in that it is, very largely, an international activity. This means it is harder to establish envirnmental controls and standards. It also makes it easier for ‘rogue states’ to sabotage action on climage change.
A legislative process has been set in motion at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) which, if approved, could see obligatory energy efficiency standards for new ships come into effect in 2013. A vote is expected at the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) in July.
See article from T&E.