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Shipping emissions back in the COP 21 draft agreement

Shipping emissions back in the COP 21 draft agreement
The shipping and aviation industries emissions are back in the draft COP 21 agreement following a meeting of negotiators in Bonn last week.

Shipping dropped earlier in October, and praising the decision to re-include the industry along with aviation EU sustainability lobby group Transport & Environment has called for a “clear signal” to these sectors.

Bill Hemmings, clean shipping and aviation manager at Transport & Environment , said: “International aviation and shipping emissions are the elephants in the room for the UNFCCC. The Paris Agreement must send a clear signal – not a passing reference – to the UN bodies regulating these emissions, ICAO and IMO, that time is up and action is now due. The 2 degree global warming limit becomes next to impossible if Paris gives these sectors a free pass.

“The latest text is the result of developed and developing countries cooperating on this issue for the first time. There is real hope now that Paris will close these gaping loopholes,” Hemmings concluded.