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Oil-Guzzling Shipping Still Falls Short on Decarbonization After Climate Talks

  • Environment meeting concludes with little fresh progress
  • Plan to focus on zero GHG emissions by 2050 passed over
Operations At Port Of Los Angeles As Shipments Fall
Photographer: Tim Rue/Bloomberg

The organization that regulates shipping made little fresh progress toward decarbonizing the industry during a series of meetings last week. 

The main outcome from talks hosted by the United Nations’ International Maritime Organization was agreement to revise, in 2023, its decarbonization strategy -- and that wasn’t really new. A non-binding proposal on zero emissions didn’t get official approval. And a plan for a small charge on fuel to raise money for research and development into cleaner shipping was deferred to a future meeting.