27th July, 2011
Shipping has become the first industry to agree a global carbon dioxide (CO2) reduction strategy. It puts the aviation industry and ICAO to shame – they have been obstructing efforts to control CO2 emissions for decades.
This month’s vote at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) approved the establishment of an Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) for new ships. There are misgivings about loopholes and about how long it will take the standards to make a real impact. But at least the shipping industry is trying. Furthermore, IMO is prepared to stand up to countries such as China and Saudi Arabia who oppose action.
See T&E article for more information.