Today’s Solutions: September 29, 2023

As the volume of goods traded across the world continues to increase, emissions from container ships are becoming a more prevalent source of pollution. In an effort to transition to industry towards a greener future, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has proposed a regulation that would make ships pay for their emissions.

Proposed at an IMO meeting in June by the Marshall Islands and the Solomon Islands, the new policy would charge shipping companies $100 for every metric ton of carbon dioxide they emit, starting in 2025. The system would be tiered, increasing the charge per ton every five years to eventually force the entire industry to transition to renewable options like ammonia and hydrogen fuel cells.

The market-based approach would incentivize companies to adopt more sustainable practices, but it would also free up funding for climate-vulnerable countries, like island nations, to build climate-resilient infrastructure. Some countries already implement similar small-scale schemes. Norway, for example, charges ships a tax on emissions of harmful air pollutant nitrogen oxides and uses the funds to invest in pollution-reducing measures such as constructing battery-powered ferries.

Currently, the shipping industry is responsible for three percent of global emissions, and the IMO hopes this new policy, if approved, would contribute towards their goal of reducing emissions by 40 percent by 2030, compared to 2008 levels. The IMO is expected to vote on the measure in their meeting in October.

Solutions News Source Print this article
More of Today's Solutions

How this city in Illinois plans to stop homelessness by the end of the year

Less than a decade ago, more than 700 people were homeless in the small, 150,000 person city of Rockford, Illinois, about 90 miles northwest ...

Read More

Adding more turmeric to your diet could give you an antiviral boost

Curcumin is one of the main compounds that make up the spice turmeric, and it’s known to have many health benefits, from fighting inflammation ...

Read More

5 anti-inflammatory spices that aren’t turmeric

Turmeric tends to get all the attention when it comes to anti-inflammatory spices, but don’t overlook these five other spices that functional food expert ...

Read More

Graphene could replace rare metal needed for our touchscreens

What do touchscreen, LED lighting, and solar cells have in common? A rare metal called indium, which is a key ingredient in their manufacturing ...

Read More