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Maritime transport accounts for about three per cent of global C02 emissions, as much as air transport. In the absence of an effective international jurisdiction both transport modes have so far escaped an effective curb of their emissions. This situation will change after a decision taken by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) July 15th 2011.
The IMO decision provides mandatory rules for higher energy efficiency of cargo ships that aim at reducing C02 emission by up to 30 per cent until 2030.
This is an overdue signal to the shipping industry that business as usual will be over. In view of the rapid increase of maritime transport expected for the coming decades it has become imperative to curb its C02 emissions.
New ships need improved designs of the hull, propellers and engines; owners of existing ships will need to introduce programmes for enhancing energy efficiency, e.g. reducing the speed.
For the first time, a […]

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