Carbon levy on shipping could be getting nearerWritten by Nick Blenkey
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) reports that an IMO working group session that concluded today has made progress on the issue of imposing some form of carbon levy on shipping. According to ICS, the meeting of the Intersessional Working Group on Reduction of GHG Emissions from Ships (ISWG-GHG 10) saw government representatives begin a detailed consideration of existing industry proposals on carbon pricing. They also asked proponents of different market-based measures to submit assessments of their likely impact on the cost of maritime trade.
“We welcome the progress made by governments at the IMO, ahead of COP 26, to begin in earnest the process of setting a realistic carbon price for international shipping, and developing a market based measure to expedite the transition to net zero emissions,” said Simon Bennett, deputy secretary general of ICS, who was present at the meeting. “We welcome the progress made by governments at the IMO, ahead of COP 26, to begin in earnest the process of setting a realistic carbon price for international shipping, and developing a market based measure to expedite the transition to net zero emissions.”
Bennett called the meeting “an important first step by governments to better understand how carbon pricing might apply to shipping within a global regulatory framework” and said “there was general recognition that a piecemeal approach of regional or national measures won’t work.
“ICS is pleased that governments have now started their detailed consideration of current proposals, including the comprehensive proposal for a global carbon levy that ICS (and INTERCARGO) put forward to the IMO last month. This has much in common with a similar proposal from Pacific Island States.
“Based on the good start made this week, ICS is optimistic that an MBM can be taken forward by the IMO, while addressing the legitimate concerns among developing countries about the potential economic impacts.
“The next important step will be for proponents of different mechanisms to submit assessments of the likely impacts on the cost of maritime trade. ICS intends to get to work on this right away to demonstrate how a carbon levy can be equitably introduced for shipping. This will also help governments settle on a realistic initial quantum which will speed up the transition to zero-carbon shipping, while avoiding any disproportionately negative consequences.”