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Welcome to our latest SnippETS newsletter. This week we start with a new announcement from the International Maritime Organisation that is sending waves across the shipping industry. Then we seek answers to some of the biggest questions when it comes to electric and autonomous vehicles. Finally, we finish up this week’s stories by giving you an update on the war on plastic, including an interesting story about packaging made from fungi.


In the news this week, the IMO (International Maritime Organisation) has agreed to carbon emission reductions of 50% on 2008 levels by 2050. This won’t be enough to get to the 2C goal set by the Paris Accord – a goal of zero emissions would be required for this, but it is a good start. However, the shipping industry itself may not be happy about this.


In Norway, they have been trying to overcome the shipping emissions issue, with an electric ferry being used since 2015, and expectations that 12 will be in use by the end of this year, and all ferries will be electric (or hybrid for longer journeys) by 2023.  This March dated article notes a shift in the mind-set of the IMO being needed – things are indeed changing rapidly in vehicle electrification worldwide!


Next up, we examine the increasingly challenging paradigm between automakers and ride hailing companies.  With the future expected to have lower rates of personal auto-ownership and greater use of autonomous ride hailing ser