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The United States joins a global effort to de-carbonize the shipping industry


© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: US Climate Special Envoy John Kerry speaking in Abu Dhabi

By Valerie Volcovici

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States will join the International Maritime Organization (IMO) effort to achieve zero net emissions by 2050 in the global shipping industry, U.S. climate envoy John Kerry announced Tuesday ahead of the summit on climate leaders President Joe Biden will be holding this week.

“I would like to announce that in support of the global effort to keep us at 1.5 degrees Celsius and in support of global efforts to reach levels no more than before 2050, the United States is committed to working with countries in the IMO to pass the goal of achieving net emissions from international shipping no later than 2050, “he said at a conference organized by the Ocean Conservancy.

The global region emits 1 billion tons of carbon dioxide each year, according to the Ocean Conservancy, on par with Germany’s annual emissions.

Kerry told the conference that the United States will help deploy the technologies needed to rapidly reduce industry emissions, which “we already know” requires investment to scale.

European and British Union officials sent a letter to Biden in March urging the United States to calculate the amount of emissions transported on the country’s upcoming climate target under the Paris agreement and responsibility for All marine emissions are divided between country of origin and country of origin. of the destination.

The United States is expected to announce its new goal, known as the National Determined Contribution, just before Wednesday’s summit.

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