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28 Journal of Commerce | J uly 3, 2023 www.joc.com Government to the bill. Vessels at anchorage or in port would be expected to cap carbon dioxide and other pollutant emissions by 2030. "Not only does this bill drasti- cally decrease shipping emissions in the United States, but it brings long- awaited justice to our port-adjacent communities that have suffered the consequences of port pollution for far too long," Garcia said in the statement. The bill comes as the Interna- tional Maritime Organization's (IMO) 80th Marine Environment Protection Committee is set to convene in London in early July to discuss carbon dioxide emissions targets. Although its initial target is for a 70% reduction from 2008 levels in carbon dioxide emissions by 2050, the IMO is being urged to con- sider even more aggressive goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Garcia's bill indicates that if the IMO adopts stricter standards, the EPA may follow suit. JOC email: michael.angell@spglobal.com twitter: @michael_angell in the maritime supply chain to do the same. "We encourage the US Congress to act on this legislation and to establish processes to ensure the supply of the green fuels and energy essential to low-emissions ship- ping and logistics," Kindberg said. "The need is pressing. This must be the decade of action." Under the oversight of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), commercial ships that call the US would be subject to increasingly stricter limits on their carbon diox- ide emissions, culminating in green- house gas emissions being 100% less than 2024 levels by 2040, according MAERSK'S NORTH AMERICAN chief of environmental initiatives has come out in favor of a renewed effort in the US Congress to limit the growth of greenhouse gas and other emis- sions from shipping over the next two decades. California Rep. Robert Garcia, who represents the area around the Port of Long Beach, and Sen. Alex Padilla said in a statement June 8 they are reintroducing the Clean Shipping Act for the 2023 legislative session. A rewrite of a bill introduced in the House of Representatives last year, the Clean Shipping Act of 2023, would essentially add emis- sions from commercial shipping to the US Clean Air Act, the 1963 law that promulgated federal air pollu- tion standards. Lee Kindberg, head of envi- ronment and sustainability for Maersk North America, said in the statement the carrier is targeting a similar goal of completely decar- bonizing its operations by 2040. He said the bill would help prod others 'The decade of action' US House bill aims to cap further growth in ship emissions By Michael Angell "Not only does this bill drastically decrease shipping emissions in the US, but it brings long-awaited justice to our port-adjacent communities." The Clean Shipping Act of 2023 would expand the US Clean Air Act of 1963 to include emissions from commercial shipping. Shutterstock.com International | Washington | Customs | Security | Regulation

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