International Chamber of Shipping

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The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) is an international lobby group for merchant ship operators. On its website, ICS states that it's membership "comprises national shipowners' associations representing over half of the world's merchant fleet."[1]

Position on Greenhouse gas reductions

On its website the ICS states that "while it may be possible to reduce CO2 emitted per tonne/mile in a moderately significant way (perhaps by around 15% in the next 5-15 years, with new and bigger ships eventually bringing additional improvements), it appears impossible to guarantee any absolute reduction by shipping as a whole, due to the projected growth in demand for shipping worldwide arising from the growing world population and global economy."[2]

"Notwithstanding the significant emission reductions per ship that the industry hopes to achieve, the growing demand for shipping services means that an absolute reduction in the total emissions of shipping may be very difficult, if not impossible, to deliver unless existing patterns of global trade were to be fundamentally transformed," the ICS states on its website.[2]

Contact Details

12 Carthusian Street
London EC1M 6EZ
Tel + 44 20 7417 8844
Fax + 44 20 7417 8877
Eamil: ics AT

Articles and Resources

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  1. "What is ICS?", International Chamber of Shipping website, accessed October 2008.
  2. 2.0 2.1 International Chamber of Shipping, "Reducing Shipping's CO2 Emissions", International Chamber of Shipping website, accessed December 2008.

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