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Greenhouse gas study 2009
22/7/2009

IMO has published its Second Study on greenhouse gas emissions from ships, 2009, which is the most comprehensive and authoritative assessment of greenhouse gas emissions from ships engaged in international trade.

The Study estimated that ships engaged in international trade in 2007 contributed about 2.7 per cent of the anthropogenic CO2 emissions in the world and also states that emission reductions are feasible through technical and operational measures as well as through the introduction of market-based reduction mechanisms.

In the absence of global policies to control greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping, the emissions may increase by between 150 and 250 percent by the year 2050 due to the expected continued growth in international seaborne trade.
 
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