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  • Shipping emissions in the context of a 2°C emissions pathway

    Shipping and aviation represented around 3.2 and 2.1 per cent respectively of global CO2 emissions in the mid-2000s. A wide range of projections and scenarios shows that both sectors are likely to grow over the coming decades with a resultant increase in CO2 emissions by 2050, despite various mitigation efforts.

    In March, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) updated the inventory of ship greenhouse gas emissions to inform work towards agreeing additional measures to reduce emissions from ships. This document draws attention to recent subsequent work undertaken by Professor David Lee and colleagues at Manchester Metropolitan University which sets unmitigated shipping (and aviation) emissions within this context. T&E, as part of the Clean Shipping Coalition, believes that this work represents further strong evidence highlighting the urgent need for the IMO to take immediate action.