As we reported yesterday, the shipping community is calling for a $5 billion IMO shipping decarbonization R&D effort to be funded by a $2 per ton tax on marine fuels. Two pacific
Moves to cut shipping’s emissions of global greenhouse gases (GHGs) continue to gain powerful support. Today, Cargill, Maersk Tankers and Mitsui & Co said they have established a strategic collaboration to accelerate
JUNE 5, 2018 — Cutting greenhouse gas emissions from shipping and port operations were in sharp focus at a recent workshop hosted by the Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ) as part of
OCTOBER 20, 2017 — A study to be presented to IMO next week indicates that greenhouse gas emissions from three ship types – containerships, bulkers and tankers – could be reduced by
IMO notes that, to date, it is the only organization to have adopted energy-efficiency measures that are legally binding across an entire global industry and apply to all countries. Mandatory energy efficiency standards for new ships, and mandatory operational measures to reduce emissions from existing ships, entered into force under an existing international convention (MARPOL Annex VI) in 2013. By 2025, all new ships will be 30% more energy efficient than those built last year.
“This is more than a target, it is a legal requirement, and demonstrates that IMO is the correct and only forum to identify solutions and an appropriate pathway for international shipping to de-carbonize with the rest of the globe,” says IMO.
Continuing efforts will include:
- development of a global data collection system for ship’s fuel consumption to be discussed in detail at the next meeting of IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee in 2016,
- further consideration of a total-sector reduction target for GHG emissions from international shipping as proposed by the Marshall Islands in 2015, and
- continued investigation of additional mechanisms for ships to support the implementation of the Paris Agreement.
During COP21, IMO provided an update of its work to address GHG emissions from bunker fuels used for international shipping.
Specifically, IMO reported on its work on guidelines to support the uniform implementation of the regulations on energy-efficiency for ships; and on its efforts with regard to technical co-operation and capacity-building to ensure effective implementation and enforcement of the new regulations worldwide and, activities to support technical cooperation and transfer of technology for improving the energy efficiency of ships.
With what is now “a clear imperative for IMO’s Member States to rise to the challenge set by the Paris Agreement,” Secretary-General Sekimizu says, “I now encourage Governments to bring the spirit of the Paris Agreement to IMO and come forward with new, creative proposals and to approach them in a constructive and cooperative manner.”
Mr. Sekimizu says that the challenge set by the Paris Agreement also extends to ship designers and marine engineers to develop the technological solutions, to those who operate and manage ships, to seafarers and those who educate them and, importantly, to the business of shipping, which needs to ensure that investment in innovative low carbon technologies is properly incentivised.
APRIL 20, 2015 — There are no global warming skeptics in the Marshall Islands. Lying just two meters above sea level, the atoll island nation has already suffered unprecedented droughts, massive tides
At its meeting in London last week, IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) adopted mandatory measures to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) from ships. The measures were adopted by a majority,
One of the most iconic names in U.S. shipping, Honolulu, Hawaii, headquartered Matson Inc. (NYSE: MATX), has published new long-term environmental goals in a Sustainability Report 2020 Supplement that commit the company
Get set for new European Union GHG regulations for all ships calling EU ports. Just how tough and how soon? An explainer from classification society DNV says that the regulations will come
As what is billed as ”the greenest London International Shipping Week yet,” kicks off, U.K. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced that the U.K. backs an absolute zero target for international shipping