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IMO welcomes efficiency measures amid criticism of climate complacency

Securing an international consensus for new energy efficiency requirements on existing ships has proved to be a challenging negotiation at the IMO, but the resulting compromise offers a necessary building block for more stringent measures to come, argues IMO secretary general

IMO secretary general Kitack Lim has acknowledged that the new short-term carbon emissions reduction measures agreed this week are not perfect, but stresses they are important building blocks. That has not been enough to fend off criticism that the agreement falls well short of expectations, and nor will it hold off calls from those seeking stronger regional approaches

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