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Chamber of Shipping: Government sets right course on carbon reduction

The Chamber of Shipping welcomes the Low Carbon Transport strategy launched by the Transport Secretary, Lord Adonis today. The strategy sets out actions for reducing transport emissions through to 2020.

"I am delighted that the strategy recognises that it is vital that action to reduce emissions from shipping should be taken on a global level and sets out the Government's commitment to achieve those reductions through an international emissions trading mechanism" said Mark Brownrigg, director-general of the Chamber of Shipping.

The Chamber took a lead position in the international shipping industry's response to climate change in December 2008 by advocating a global and open emissions trading scheme and, together with WWF UK, has submitted a joint paper to the Committee on Climate Change offering suggestions on the most appropriate methodology of assessing shipping emissions in the UK.

"The Government has now pledged to work with international bodies, including the relevant UN body, the International Maritime Organization, to develop a convention to deal with ship's emissions. We look forward to working with Lord Adonis and his team on this strategy," continued Brownrigg.

For further information please contact Jeremy Harrison on 020 7417 2834 and 07789 721 293
or jeremy.harrison@british-shipping.org

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