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    IMO Takes Further Steps to Cut Shipping Emissions


Shippers will have to make their vessels significantly more efficient and do more to lower emissions.

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IMO Takes Further Steps to Cut Shipping Emissions

The UN's International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has approved steps to increase energy efficiency in vessels, as part of short-term measures to reduce the sector's carbon intensity, it said on November 17.

The move was agreed after a session of the IMO's marine environment protection committee. The IMO will significantly strengthen requirements under its Energy Efficiency Design Index from 2023 and impose tougher carbon intensity reduction requirements based on a new operational carbon intensity indicator, due to be introduced in 2026.

The IMO said move details about the measures would follow. The IMO took the shipping industry by surprise with its early adoption of a lower sulphur cap for shipping, a decision that has been credited with some of the decisions to build vessels that run on LNG.