Friday, 11 December 2009

Negotiations set back

After a promising start negotiations on bunkers have taken a nasty turn. A new text discussed this afternoon defers almost entirely to the IMO and ICAO, and the hard EU targets of this morning have disappeared leaving only vague references to "sufficiently ambitious mid-term and long-term" goals. There's no resolution of the dispute over global all ships application and one can only hope that tomorrow sees a few of the developing states that would benefit from a global approach getting involved to counterbalance the effect of China, India, Saudia Arabia etc.

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