shipowners strongly believe that the environmental committee of the IMO, MEPC,
can reach an ambitious initial CO2 reduction strategy by the end of this week,
building on the results of the meeting of the intersessional working group of
Though negotiations may not be that easy with the
governments, European Community Shipowners’ Association(ECSA) is confident that
all governments will realize that a deal has to be made; the time has come. And
a deal that the European governments can help arrive at will strike the right
balance between the interests of all countries across the globe.
If an initial strategy is agreed upon, a beginning
made, the shipping industry and all other organizations in the maritime cluster
will be able to move with all earnestness to a fully decarbonized shipping
industry at the earliest.
Alternative low carbon or carbon free fuels,
alternative propulsion systems and operational measures will be absolutely
necessary to reach that ultimate goal. Much R&D has to be done, for which
public funding will be an important source of finance.
Also by taking other smart and effective measures
governments can speed up the developments, for example by supporting first
movers and adapting or introducing legislation to accommodate new concepts.
On the short and medium term other CO2 emission
reduction measures are possible and should be introduced and implemented as
soon as possible after a thorough assessment of all related aspects, to prevent
mistakes that might harm longer term developments.