The MARPOL Annex VI treaty, first adopted in 1997, limits the main air pollutants contained in ships exhaust gas, including sulphur oxides and nitrous oxides, and prohibits deliberate emissions of ozone depleting substances.
In a bid to mitigate pollution and adopt green practices, the Kenya Ports Authority plans installation of two ultra-modern diesel electric cranes at the Port of Mombasa, mid next year.
“The IMO is currently busy drawing up its strategy for reducing CO2 emissions from the international shipping. IMO is the organisation to regulate our global industry.” commented Martin Dorsman, ECSA’s Secretary General.
The container line, Hapag-Lloyd, announced it has purchased 3,700 Star Cool Integrated containers as part of their recent reefer investments from Maersk Container Industry, in order to support the market adaptation of environmentally friendly refrigerants.
IEA released its World Energy Outlook 2017, on 14 November, which includes a detailed focus on natural gas. It also addresses matters regarding the environmental case for gas and the issue of methane emissions from oil and gas operations.
Paris agreement objectives mean that by 2030, the Netherlands will need to have reduced its CO₂ emissions by 49% compared to 1990, so CO₂ emissions are not allowed to exceed certain limits. However, the Paris agreement does not include any statements on the actual use or storage of coal itself, the port of Rotterdam noted.
Earlier in November, the European Parliament and the Council reached an agreement regarding the shipping CO2 emissions to align any EU action with the IMO timeline. Many industry bodies have welcomed this decision so far. Recently,ESPO issued a statement to show its support.
An international shipping industry group gathered in Bonn to create a draft Action Plan that maps out how shipping can contribute to GHG reductions and decarbonization in order to comply with the high ambition climate change target of limiting global temperatures to 1.5oC.
In the same time that shipping industry leaders talk climate change solutions at COP23 in Bonn, raising the ambition for global regulation remains crucial to ensure shipping’s contribution to reach the Paris Agreement’s goal, according to John Kornerup Bang, Chief Advisor on Climate Change at Maersk.
Commenting on the events of COP23, Dr Uwe Lauber, CEO of MAN Diesel & Turbo, noted that the meeting offers a new opportunity to accelerate the ‘Maritime Energy Transition’, although the hopes and demands of the shipping industry for a strengthened mandate of the IMO were not fulfilled in Paris.
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