US introduces Clean Shipping Act of 2023

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On World Ocean Day, Congressman Robert Garcia and Senator Alex Padilla have introduced the Clean Shipping Act of 2023, signaling their intent to take action on ocean shipping emissions. The bill aims to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from all ocean shipping companies conducting business with the United States. It seeks to clean up the shipping industry, protect port communities’ health, address environmental injustice, and provide climate crisis solutions. The legislation would grant the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the authority to regulate carbon intensity standards for maritime fuel. The bill proposes a progressive reduction in carbon intensity, requiring vessels on covered voyages to comply with specific standards. By 2040, the goal is to achieve carbon intensity that is 100% less than the baseline. This target is more ambitious than existing plans by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the International Chamber of Shipping, which aim for net-zero emissions by 2050. The legislation is seen as a crucial step to reduce shipping emissions and bring justice to communities affected by port pollution.

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