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Shipping industry touts efforts to reduce emissions

Shipping industry touts efforts to reduce emissions

Year after year, there have been meetings and new regulations placed to reduce emissions, but what needs to really change?

Ocean transportation, which facilitates 90 percent of world trade, contributed 2.2 percent of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions in 2012 compared to 2.8 percent in 2007 – a more than 10 percent reduction – according to the International Maritime Organization. And CO2 per ton of cargo transported one kilometer by sea has fallen about 20 percent in the past 10 years as a result of aggressive fuel efficiency measures.

Shippers and carriers want to be part of a change. Major companies are making decisions to help reduce emissions. German logistics giant DB Schenker, for example, said it has signed climate protection agreements with liners Maersk, Hapag-Lloyd, Hamburg Sud, Hanjin and Hyundai Merchant Marine. Pollutants emitted for each container shipped on behalf of DB Schenker will drop 23 percent from 2014 levels by 2020 as a result of the commitment, according to a statement from the company.

The future is in our hands! We can help reduce emissions by what goods we use and how we use them. Nowadays, China’s pollution alert is not big news anymore, so what gives?  Find out more from Fortune, who made a study to find out what needs to stop…. it all falls on the use of coal.

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