Emissions from global shipping continued to grow in 2021

High demand for commodities and gas made emissions from shipping increase by 4.9 percent last year, according to analyst firm. Thus, pollution was higher than in 2019, prior to Covid-19.

High demand for goods increased shipping's pollution in 2021. | Photo: Alan Devall/Reuters/Ritzau Scanpix

Despite international climate targets and a hot ongoing debate on shipping’s green energy transition, the pollution from global shipping increased by 4.9 percent in 2021, according to a report by analyst firm Simpson Spence & Young.

Overall, shipping’s emissions were higher last year than in 2019, prior to the coronavirus pandemic’s knock-out of the world economy.

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