attending the International Maritime Organization (IMO) meeting in London
agreed to require the shipping sector to reduce its emissions by at least 50
pct by 2050 compared to 2008.
“Today’s commitment by governments to require international shipping to decarbonize and at least halve its greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 is
a welcome and potentially game-changing development,” the Clean
Shipping Coalition (CSC) has said.
“But the lack of any clear plan of action to deliver the emissions
reductions, including urgently needed short-term measures, is a major concern,
according to the group of NGOs with observer status at the UN’s International
Maritime Organisation (IMO).”
the following objectives were agreed: to strengthen design requirements for
each ship type, a relative reduction of 40 percent by 2030, and by 2050, global
shipping shall reduce its CO2 emissions by at least 50 percent compared with
2008 and subsequently head for a complete phase-out.
“Achieving these goals will be a major task and will require massive
research and development efforts, as we will eventually have to use alternative
fuels resulting in zero emissions at all. With the clear reduction target in
mind, the shipping industry is ready to work towards the goal, and Danish
Shipping will particularly engage in the development of alternative fuels,” says Maria Skipper Schwenn,
Executive Director at Danish Shipping.
falls short of the 70-100 pct cut by 2050 that is needed to align shipping with
the goals of the Paris agreement.
said progressive states must now use the words “at least” to keep the pressure
on for full decarbonization by 2050 so as to avoid the catastrophic climate
change that a temperature increase of more than 1.5°C would bring.
“The IMO should and could have gone a lot
further but for the dogmatic opposition of some countries led by Brazil,
Panama, Saudi Arabia. Scant attention was paid to US opposition. So this
decision puts shipping on a promising track. It has now officially bought into
the concept of decarbonization and the need to deliver in-sector emission
reductions, which is central to fulfilling the Paris agreement,” Bill
Hemmings, shipping director at Transport & Environment, said.
“We have an important agreement, and this level of ambition will
ultimately require a sector-wide shift to new fuels and propulsion
technologies, but what happens next is crucial. The IMO must move swiftly to
introduce measures that will cut emissions deeply and quickly in the
short-term. Without these the goals of the Paris agreement will remain out of
Maggs, president of the CSC and senior policy advisor at Seas At Risk, said.
world’s largest international shipping association, said it was very
satisfied with the Green House Gas (GHG) strategy adopted by IMO today.
“It is a landmark achievement in the effort to reduce emissions, and something that every other industry should look to for
inspiration,” Lars Robert Pedersen, BIMCO Deputy Secretary-General
and delegate at the IMO meeting, commented.
“In BIMCO we believe that the industry can deliver on this target –
even if we don’t exactly know how, yet.
“Now we have to focus on the mid-to-long term. We have to find the
technology and procedures that will drive us towards zero GHG emissions,” he
zero carbon emissions as a realistic goal for the second half of this century,
but investments in research and technology are required to get there.
been one of the earliest members of the IMO, having ratified its convention and
joined it as a member-state in 1959.
According to a UN report, compared to China, India and Brazil were minor
players in the shipping industry with 1.21 per cent and 0.88 per cent,
respectively, of the overall world share.