ICS pushing IMO on emissions reduction
At its recent AGM, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) decided to urge the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to adopt "dramatic CO2 reduction objectives" in order to match the ambition of the Paris Agreement on climate change. In conjunction with other shipping organisations, ICS has put forward three proposals:
1. To maintain international shipping’s annual total CO2 emissions below 2008 levels;
2. To reduce CO2 emissions per tonne-km, as an average across international shipping, by at least 50% by 2050, compared to 2008;
3. To reduce international shipping’s total annual CO2 emissions by an agreed percentage by 2050, compared to 2008, as a point on a continuing trajectory of CO2 emissions reduction. ICS wants IMO to remain in control of additional measures to address CO2 reduction by ships, and to develop a global solution, rather than risk the danger of market-distorting measures at national or regional level.
ICS chairman Esben Poulsson will be supported by vice chairpersons John Adams (Bahamas), Emanuele Grimaldi (Italy), Mark Martecchini (Liberia) and Karin Orsel (Netherlands) for the 2017-2018 period. (kd)