30 Apr 2018

Shipping industry: More research into emissions reductions

From , 5:01 am on 30 April 2018

The shipping industry says there needs to be more research into new technology before emissions targets set by the International Maritime Organization can be reached.

Pacific Island nations were central to pushing a deal that was struck this month by more than 170 countries at the International Maritime Organization, or IMO, to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by 2050 compared to 2008 levels.

World Shipping Council CEO John Butler told Tim Glasgow that while the industry supports efforts to cut emissions, there is currently no technology that will allow them to reach this target.

A Pacific Basin Shipping boat on the water in Gisborne the morning of the earlier 7.1 earthquake and subsequent tsunami warning in the area.

Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly