UN shipping body drags heels on carbon-cutting measures

In April, the UN shipping body drew praise for committing to at least halving the sector’s emissions by 2050. But as negotiators got down to the nitty gritty this week, some were in no rush to get started.

A draft action plan last week indicated the International Maritime Organization (IMO) would take decisions on new carbon-cutting measures before 2023. An amended version, to be adopted by the environment committee this week, leaves open the possibility to merely “consider” them.

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