COP21: Shipping Left Out of Draft Climate Deal

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A draft climate agreement resulting from negotiations at the COP21 climate talks in Paris and published Wednesday afternoon makes no explicit reference to shipping.

However, the negotiations are ongoing and scheduled to last through December 11th.

The 2015 Paris Climate Conference, or COP21, involves delegates from 195 countries seeking to reach a legally binding and universal deal to curb greenhouse emissions in hopes of keeping global warming below 2°C.

An earlier draft released December 5 made only a small reference to shipping and aviation, but the paragraph was marked as optional.

The absence of shipping from the latest draft deal is good news for the UN’s International Maritime Organization and shipping groups such as the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), who have supported the need for a global climate change deal but argue that the IMO is the best and only place for regulations and discussion on shipping’s contribution to global CO2 emissions.

The idea that emission regulations for shipping should be left to the IMO is opposed by environmental NGOs who say that dropping international shipping from the any deal will undermine the prospects of keeping global warming below 2°C.

A European Parliament announcement on Tuesday echoed the fears expressed by environmental groups, saying “the Paris climate change agreement should not leave out aviation and shipping, two sectors whose emissions are rocketing and, if left unregulated, could account for up to 40% of all global emissions by 2050.”

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