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Pacific urges IMO to "revolutionise" international shipping

Pacific nations are urging the UN body that regulates shipping to ramp up efforts to "revolutionise" the sector by urgently decarbonising international shipping.

The call comes ahead of the next round of International Maritime Organisation (IMO) meetings in December.

According to the Pacific high ambition coalition on shipping, led by the Marshall Islands, the industry must drastically cut its greenhouse gas emissions to align with the Paris Agreement temperature target of keeping global warming within 1.5 degrees Celsius.

"When you look seriously at the science, when you begin to ask what the future of efficient and effective shipping looks like in a 2-degree, in a 3-degree world, when you look at the mounting evidence of the climate emergency, I have to ask if we have gone hard enough?" Marshall Islands Ambassador to South Korea, Albon Ishoda said.

International shipping accounts for almost 90 percent of world trade and is responsible for roughly three percent of greenhouse gas emissions. According to IMO's own projections, the industry must cut its emissions by half by 2050 to meaningfully contribute towards action on climate change.

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