Petition Closed

Urge Global Shipping Fleet to Use More Eco-Friendly Ships


·         The Global Shipping Fleet is one of the largest sources of unregulated carbon dioxide emission

·         Only 6 countries produce more CO2 than the Global Fleet,

 Emissions and Bunker Fuel

  • Ships generate 15 to 30 percent of the world's smog-forming emissions.
  • Bunker fuel burned by ships is 1,000 times dirtier than highway diesel used by trucks and buses.
  • A single ship coming into harbor produces the smog-forming emissions of 350,000 new cars.
  • Ship engines are far dirtier than on-road engines due to lack of regulation.
  • The International Maritime Organization has lagged far behind in revising outdated regulations for ship emissions.

Human Health

  • Ship exhaust contains harmful air toxics that cause cancer, respiratory illness and premature death.
  • Ship air pollution often disproportionately harms poor people of color who live near ports.
  • More than one in 10 children has asthma in the world's biggest port cities.

Climate Change

  • Ships burn tons of fuel per hour, generating large volumes of global warming gases and black carbon that contribute to climate change.
  • Researches are finding that the black soot from ship smokestacks settle on polar ice sheets and help cause melting.
  • The world's shipping fleet generates about four percent of the world's carbon dioxide emissions.
  • The shipping industry burns 300 million tons of bunker fuel per year.
This petition was delivered to:
  • World Shipping Council
    World Shipping Council
  • Inernational Maritime Organization
    International Maritime Organization

    Austin Lynch started this petition with a single signature, and now has 502 supporters. Start a petition today to change something you care about.