The global shipping industry is calling on the world’s governments to tax its carbon emissions.

Groups that represent more than 90% of the global fleet say the measure is needed to tackle climate change.

“A global solution is the only one that’s going to work”, Guy Platten, secretary-general of the International Chamber of Shipping told the BBC.

The tax would incentivise ship owners to invest in new technology, he said.

The shipping sector is one of the big carbon emitters, and is responsible for more than 2% of global emissions. If the industry was a country it would be the sixth biggest polluter, above Germany.

While shipping was not directly included in the Paris climate change agreement the sector has been making efforts to clean up its act.

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