The Union of Greek Shipowners (UGS) has
urged all stakeholders to secure ‘the successful outcome’ of the forthcoming
IMO deliberations to arrive at an agreement on IMO’s strategy for GHG emissions
reduction for shipping.
The UGS has
said in a statement, "adoption of an ambitious and realistic global
strategy is the only pragmatic approach to enable developed and developing
nations to achieve a workable and globally acceptable solution on the issue for
a real and meaningful environmental impact".
owners said IMO members "which are by and large the same nations that are
party to the UNFCCC agreement, need to honour their commitment to develop,
within the time schedule agreed in the Imo Road Map, an aspirational and
feasible strategy and should not undermine the achievement of this by holding
entrenched and/or unrealistic positions".
urged all stakeholders, including governmental and non-governmental
organisations, "to show responsibility and refrain from risking the
collapse of this highly delicate political process by engaging in polarising
tactics under the guise of a purported environmental sensitivity".
published recently using dubious and utterly self-fulfilling methodology
regarding the alleged climate ambition of individual EU states are totally
dismissed as blatant populist sensationalism," said the UGS.
continued: "The 'divide and rule' approach that appears to be the
objective can only fail. The record of individual states regarding their
contribution to enhancing safety and environmental protection within the Imo
proceedings is clearly manifested by their agreement to and adoption of a
number of significant international regulations, some of which have already
brought a more than 10% total CO2 emissions reduction in the sector between
2007-2012, ahead of any other transport mode, although maritime transport
capacity increased almost 50% during the same period.
UGS fully endorses and supports the common industry position achieved under the
ICS leadership and clearly expressed in the two relevant formal submissions to
IMO, which, inter alia, calls for the need for an ambitious vision, with the
ultimate goal being the elimination of all CO2 emissions from international
shipping in the second half of the century, or as soon as the worldwide
availability of zero CO2 fuels and propulsion technology makes this