During the opening day of the 77th Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) meeting, IMO’s Secretary-General, Kitack Lim informed that the GHG emissions reduction topic will certainly be at the centre.
“COP 26 is still very fresh in our minds, emphasizing that we are no longer considering climate change as it will impact future generations, but with the very real and present threat to our generations.
The Glasgow Climate Pact clearly underscores the need for accelerated action in this critical decade. The Pact also recognizes the need to take into consideration the concerns of Parties with economies most affected by the impacts of response measures, particularly developing country Parties.
Additionally, the Pact recognizes the role of multilateralism in addressing climate change and promoting regional and international cooperation in order to strengthen climate action.
We must bear this in mind as we continue our discussions this week on the various GHG related workstreams”… said IMO SG as he opened the session.
In light of the above, Secretart General noted that is of utmost importance for IMO to deliver concrete progress in transitioning international shipping from fossil fuels to low and zero-carbon alternatives.
It is our duty to join worldwide commitments of increase ambition towards tackling climate change. I appreciate the commitment and the efforts of all member states and the industry for the outstanding work and achievements we have made so far. Now we must be brave and let our industry lead by example and provide tangible progress in our efforts to decarbonize international shipping.
Whilst climate change matters will certainly be at the centre of MEPC discussions this week, there are other important topics that will require attention , including:
- finalization of the draft Strategy to Address Marine Plastic Litter from Ships;
- taking stock of the experience-building phase associated with the BWM Convention;
- matters related to air pollution and energy efficiency
The world is watching us. The way forward on many of the topics to be considered at this session is complex, but by working together with determination, I have every confidence that we will ensure that shipping will decarbonize and make a key contribution in the fight against climate change and cleaner oceans. Collaborative and considerate actions are key to making sure no one is left behind.
…IMO’s Secretary-General, Kitack Lim concluded.