Postponing the adoption
of the Initial Strategy on reducing GHG emissions from ships to a future
session of MEPC should not be an option, according to the International
have already approved the roadmap for developing a comprehensive strategy on
reducing GHG emissions from ships, and this roadmap includes adoption of an
Initial Strategy at next week’s Committee meeting,” Kitack Lim, Secretary-General of IMO, said
at the third meeting of the Intercessional Working Group on reduction of
greenhouse gas emissions (ISWG-GHG).
The members are expected
to finalize the draft Initial Strategy at the meeting, taking place April 3-6,
for adoption next week at the 72nd session of the Marine Environment
Protection Committee (MEPC).
In his remarks, Lim told
the members not to wait “for the
last minute at MEPC to make the compromises and find the solutions.”
previous ISWG-GHG meetings, the members conducted discussions as a basis
for defining the outline of the strategy, identified core elements and started
developing text for the draft Initial Strategy.