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The jockeying for position on decarbonization is coming to a head with the MEPC 80 meeting in just two weeks. Most environmental and industry groups have been advocating their positions, many with breathless claims of Armageddon. I disagree, as I believe we are getting closer to a solution for our industry.
Some truths seem to be coalescing:
- As an industry, we need to take action towards decarbonization
- Aggressive goals must be set
- There is no one way to achieve these goals; no silver bullet
- These goals must be applied universally, without exception
I know this last point causes consternation amongst some interest groups, particularly developing countries. Let’s be frank on two points:
- China is NOT a developing country and should not be considered as such.
- Just giving developing countries money is not the solution. Using the “give a man a fish and he eats for a day; teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime” analogy, let’s encourage a delivery of technology and training, not funds.
The next couple of weeks will be fraught with claims and counter claims. The need for shipping transportation will transcend the noise. Let’s support the MEPC in its determination as to set our goals for the future!