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The Port of Rotterdam welcomes IMO’s first step in reducing CO2 from shipping

In April 2018, the IMO has set its initial level of ambition to reduce CO2 emissions from shipping and has stated explicitly that it takes the Paris climate agreement seriously. The Port of Rotterdam Authority endorses the importance of reducing CO2 emissions from shipping in an international context. At the same time, the Port Authority had rather seen that the IMO had raised its ambition and set higher targets than the agreed CO2 reduction by at least 50% in 2050 compared to 2008.

International Maritime Organization (IMO)

This is why the Port Authority sees this decision as an important first step and a first formulation of ambition, which demands a robust package of short- and long-term measures. It is crucial that concrete measures that result in an actual reduction of CO2 emissions are agreed and implemented as soon as possible and that joint efforts are made to realize the goals of the Paris climate agreement.

The Port Authority also sees opportunities for itself to contribute to climate-friendly shipping. Examples are the offering of smart digital solutions that increase the logistical efficiency of shipping, developing an infrastructure for climate-friendly fuels and promoting sustainable and clean power-to-ship opportunities in the port. The € 5 million incentive scheme announced by the Port Authority in April to promote the use of climate-friendly fuels should also be regarded within this context.

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