Skou puts his weight behind carbon tax

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Maersk CEO Søren Skou calls for $450 per tonnes bunker tax to cut shipping industry’s CO2 emissions.

Søren Skou has put his company’s weight behind an ambitious decarbonization proposal, calling for a carbon tax of at least $450 per tonnes of bunker fuel.

The proposal goes beyond the ICS’s $2 bunker levy or the $100 tax plan put to the IMO by the Marshall Islands, but does fall short of Trafigura’s estimate of $750-900 per tonne of bunker fuel for an effective GHG tax.

“We propose a carbon tax on ship fuel of at least $450 per ton fuel ($150 per ton CO2), a levy to bridge the gap between the fossil fuels consumed by vessels today and greener alternatives that are currently more expensive,” said Skou in a statement.

“We all have a joint responsibility to do everything in our power to reduce carbon emissions. We owe that to customers, consumers and society in general.”

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