Exhaust Emissions: Shipping

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 29th February 2012.

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Photo of Zac Goldsmith Zac Goldsmith Conservative, Richmond Park

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his policy is on the European Commission proposal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from shipping.

Photo of Gregory Barker Gregory Barker The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

The Government recognises the importance of addressing greenhouse gas emissions from shipping. The UK is playing an active role in the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) work on technical, operational and market based measures to reduce emissions on a global basis. The first best approach for dealing with emissions from the international maritime sector is through application of a global Emissions Trading System agreed through the IMO.

However, the Government recognises the value of a European approach to addressing emissions from shipping and looks forward to receiving the European Commission's legislative proposal, noting that the EU had given the IMO until the end of 2011 to reach an agreement on a global basis.

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