The goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping to virtually zero by 2050, which was proposed by Japan and others to the committee of the IMO = International Maritime Organization, a specialized agency of the United Nations, was agreed upon as a result of discussions by each country. It was not reached and it was decided to continue deliberation.

At the IMO Marine Environmental Protection Committee, which was held until the 26th to discuss measures against global warming, Japan and the United States proposed a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping to virtually zero by 2050. it was done.



Substantially zero is a step forward from the current target, and according to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, while there were voices of support during the five-day discussion, there was an opinion that the cost of countermeasures would increase, especially in developing countries. And, at the moment, there are a lot of opinions that there is no technical support for achieving the goal.



The EU-European Union, which initially agreed, also commented that "discussion should be deepened on concrete measures rather than goals," and the goals have not been reached and will continue to be deliberated in the future. I did.



Hideaki Saito, a counselor of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, who chairs the committee, said, "It is a pity that we could not agree on the goals. We would like to encourage discussions so that we can set new goals as soon as possible."

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