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I want to share with you a “Tale of Two Cities”. Two weeks ago, I was in DC moderating an event at the Norwegian Embassy on Decarbonization. The event was attended mostly by State, Department of Energy, other Embassy’s, “inside the Beltway” types and others. The conversation was robust and forward leaning. At the same time in Houston, a US based shipping trade association was meeting. I am told that when the chair opened the conversation on decarbonization and emissions she was met with silence.
According to a high placed government official, in the US, shipping’s contribution isn’t high enough to gain the support of a government that is dealing with higher emitters such as power generators, trucks and trains. In fact, shipping ranks down the chain alongside motorcycles. While we are loud about ambitious goals for international shipping, we need to embrace the same rhetoric for domestic shipping. It is an embarrassment that we aren’t moving as aggressively as other developed nations in mediating this global scourge.
We need SHIPPINGInsight to move the decarbonization agenda forward. We need to have government and industry meet in order to make our emission goals attainable. This isn’t a luxury but an imperative!