It appears now that shipping is finally and irrevocably out of the draft COP21 climate deal. 

The implications are many. 

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) takes an optimistic view on the matter as it is “unlikely to inhibit aspirations of governments” to reduce the sector’s emissions, says Peter Hinchliffe ICS secretary General.  He would like more emphasis on the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) role in building the global framework which is going to regulate the industry. Read the full article at shipandbunker.   

On the other hand Maersk and the Danish Shipping Association, amongst others, have been strong advocates for getting shipping back into the draft agreement, when rumors began late Wednesday, that the industry were turned away.  

The Danish Shipping Association calls a checkmate and concludes “the political will has failed. It’s a shame for both the climate and shipping”. Maria Bruun Skipper, Director as the Danish Shipping Associations comments: “If shipping had been included in the draft agreement it would have sent a power signal to the great shipping nations of the world, which this is serious and we have a common responsibility. Now this signal is missing – and it may be difficult to persuade other shipping nations to make a greater climate effort.“ Denmark has over the years invested in both shipping technology and education in an effort to reduce the industry’s environmental impact. The Danish Association of Shipping thinks it will be hard to convince shipping nation to follow. 

Further a scenario feared by the association is that other nations will due to the lack of global regulation take action independently. However that will make it increasingly difficult for players in the industry to navigate un-harmonized rules and regulations in a global industry.     

Read more at Shippingwatch. The article is in Danish.