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Norway targets IMO to halve global shipping emissions by 2050

Thu 5th April, 2018 1:33pm
OSLO, April 5 (Reuters) - Global shipping should set a goal
of halving greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, Norway's government
and shipowners' association said on Thursday before talks by the
International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London next week.
    Norway's fleet is worth about $45 billion, the fifth most
valuable in the world behind Japan, Greece, China and the United
States. Norway's shipping includes offshore, gas, chemicals, car
vessels, dry bulk, crude, crude products and containers.
    The IMO, which says international shipping represents about
2.2 percent of world carbon dioxide emissions, will meet from
April 9-13 to develop a strategy to combat climate change.
Shipping was not included in the 2015 Paris climate agreement.
    "Emissions should be reduced by 50 percent towards 2050
compared to 2008," Harald Solberg, head of the Norwegian
Shipowners' Association, told a joint news conference with Trade
Minister Torbjoern Rooe Isaksen.
    "In the same period demand will increase by maybe 60
percent, so in absolute terms it's more than a half," Solberg
said.
    "We need international rules ... our base line is the same
as the Norwegian Shipowners (to cut emissions by 50 percent
towards 2050)," Isaksen told Reuters.
    "We hope the IMO will agree on these ambitious emission
targets. That is the only solution, if not we fear regional
solutions, and that will not work," Solberg said. 
    He said that the association's vision is that shipping
should be emissions free in 2100.
    The IMO says its Marine Environment Protection Committee is
expected "to adopt an initial strategy on the reduction of
greenhouse gas emissions from ships" at the meeting in London.
    The Paris Agreement sets a goal of phasing out net
greenhouse gas emissions in the second half of the century,
mainly by shifting from fossil fuels to cleaner energies such as
solar and wind power.    

 (Reporting By Ole Petter Skonnord, editing by Alister Doyle and
David Evans)
 ((olepetter.skonnord@thomsonreuters.com; 0047 23 31 65 97;))
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