International shipping is one of the biggest climate-polluting industries in the world – and one of the toughest to clean up. But some of its leading companies, including Maersk and Evergreen, now appear to be trying.

Don Maier, a shipping researcher at the University of Tennessee, spent decades working in the industry. He describes several factors giving companies the confidence they need to make high-stakes investments in cleaner power, including new climate policies in Europe and a new global strategy to reach net-zero emissions by the middle of the century.

“The strategy’s language is vague, obscure and almost noncommittal,” Maier writes. “But it points the industry toward a cleaner future.”

Stacy Morford

Environment + Climate Editor, The Conversation U.S.

Global shipping has a new climate strategy – it’s vague, obscure and almost noncommittal, but it may be pointing the industry in the right direction

Don Maier, University of Tennessee

International shipping is a big contributor to climate change, and it doesn’t change quickly, but it’s companies are starting to invest in cleaner fuels.

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