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The European Parliament called last week for the establishment of an EU 2030 emissions reduction target for shipping and measures for the reduction of ships' speed (slow steaming).
International aviation and shipping already account for up to 8% of the global climate change problem – if these two sectors were a country, they would rank in the top 10 list of biggest polluting nations in the world. Most importantly, their emissions are expected to grow by 2050 by 200-300% for aviation and 50-250% for shipping. Such increases would undermine efforts to limit the rise of global temperature to under 2 degrees.