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IMO agrees sulphur cap but stalls on climate change

Environmental NGOs have welcomed last Thursday's decision by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) to require substantial reductions in the sulphur content of marine fuel from 2020. But the groups condemned the continued failure of the organisation to agree on measures to combat greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping.

Published on October 13, 2008 - 12:00

Shipping warning

The EU’s senior official dealing with shipping has again warned the International Maritime Organisation that the EU will act on shipping emissions if the IMO takes insufficient action. Jos Delbeke said the EU would ‘do the IMO’s work’ if the IMO and shipping companies do not act. ‘It is astonishing how significant the emission reductions would be if ships today applied state-of-the-art technology,’ he said.

Published on September 16, 2008 - 09:44