Congress introduces Clean Shipping Act

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Congressman Alan Lowenthal who represents the Port of Long Beach, along with co-sponsor congresswoman Nanette Barragán, introduced the Clean Shipping Act of 2022. This bill becomes the first stand-alone legislation to zero out pollution from all ocean shipping companies that do business with the United States. The Clean Shipping Act of 2022, modelled off of the European Union’s Fit for 55 regulatory framework for shipping, proposes to give the Environmental Protection Agency powers to set carbon intensity standards for fuels used by ships, which would require lifecycle carbon dioxide-equivalent reductions of 20% from January 1, 2027, 45% from January 1, 2030, 80% from January 1, 2035, and 100% from January 1, 2040, relative to the 2024 emissions baseline, a timeline far stricter and more ambitious than what is currently on the table from global regulator, the International Maritime Organization.

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