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Drawing battle lines over shipping and CO2 emissions the Port of Rotterdam is calling on the European Parliament to put pressure on the IMO to produce an ambitious worldwide target.

With the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) meeting this week the Danish Shipowners Association (DSA) believes it should decide on a roadmap on CO2 emissions reductions for the shipping industry.

This week’s Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC) meeting at the IMO has agreed the outline of a new global CO2 data collection system to be administered by the UN body, with details due to be rubber-stamped at the next MEPC meeting in October.

Shipping association Bimco has identified two “top priorities” for IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) meeting next week, in line with the stance of fellow shipowner body ICS.

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) says a carbon tax of $25 per tonne proposed by the OECD International Transport Forum (ITF) is three times higher than shore industries in developed nations.

As the emissions debate hots up the OECD’s International Transport Forum (ITF) calls for the COP 21 meeting in December to agree an “ambitious package” for shipping.

IMO secretary-general Koji Sekimizu has called on the shipping industry to be proactive in setting its own emission targets.

Bimco has joined ICS in criticising the European Commission’s proposal for regional monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) regulation.

Hamburg Süd has achieved its environmental goal of reducing the CO2 emissions of its fleet by 26% by the year 2020 compared to 2009, well ahead of schedule.

Leading shipowner Andreas Sohmen-Pao of BW Group believes shipping needs to take the lead in CO2 emission reductions and be model for other industries, and continues to push for a carbon tax.

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