Instead of prioritizing energy-efficient sustainable sea transport, the focus is often on satisfying commercial interests when planning shipping routes.
This all had been shown by the University of Gothenburg which highlights the importance of collaboration for more sustainable shipping. Shipping of goods around the world releases almost 3 percent of the total emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. To reduce the climate impact of shipping, the UN’s International Maritime Organization (IMO) has agreed that international shipping should reduce all of its greenhouse emissions by over 50% before 2050!
To achieve this huge climate goal, the IMO is using a ship-based regulatory approach to promote safer and more energy-efficient shipping. But, many universities are showing the limitations of this approach.
These limitations are slowing down climate work and may be the reason why carbon emissions are continuing to rise!
Let’s hope that we could have more sustainable shipping to make our beloved earth a better place to live for our future generations to come.
Author: Sri Nihal Tammana
Source: University of Gothenburg
PC: University of Gothenburg