Speaking at the Singapore Maritime Week, the Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping, Esben Poulsson, said the adoption by IMO of a strategy to reduce shipping emissions will be able to decarbonise the industry completely. ICS is also confident that the new technologies that are being launched will eventually deliver.
The Port of Rotterdam Authority welcomed the decision by IMO to reduce CO2 emissions from shipping by at least 50% by 2050 compared to 2008. The Port Authority will also contribute to climate-friendly shipping, by offering smart digital solutions, developing infrastructure for climate-friendly fuels and promoting clean opportunities in the port.
ESPO welcomed the agreement reached by the IMO to peak CO2 emissions from shipping as soon as possible and reduce them by at least 50% by 2050, compared to 2008 levels. For European ports, the agreement to reduce shipping emissions is very important. ESPO called the measures proposed to be developed and introduced by 2023.
IBIA’s “Best practice guidance for suppliers for assuring the quality of bunkers delivered to ships” was welcomed by the 72nd session of the IMO’s MEPC, where it was agreed that it can be a good basis for the development of IMO guidance. However, several member states raised concerns about the document.
German container shipping company Hapag-Lloyd revealed plans to reduce CO2 emissions from its operations by 20% up to 2020, compared with 2016, to support the overall target of emissions reduction from shipping, in line with the global agreement reached at IMO MEPC 72 in mid-April.
A proposal by China to mandate specific ISO test methods for sulphur, after a proposal made by IBIA to the IMO, has won support to be further considered as the IMO consider measures to ensure uniform implementation of the 0.5% sulphur limit. China submitted that the methods should be ISO 8754:2003 or ISO 14596:2007.
Member states at IMO MEPC 72 adopted the so-called GHG initial strategy, envisaging, for the first time, a reduction in total GHG emissions from global shipping by at least 50% by 2050 compared to 2008. Ms. Katharine Palmer, Environmental Manager at LR shared her views with respect to this historic agreement, explaining what the sector should expect for the day after.
Mouawad Consulting, which participated as advisors to the Norwegian Delegation to the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) and Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR), provides a recap of the imporant issues agreed for the BWM treaty .
IMO’s MEPC 72 discussed key environmental issues for global shipping industry on 9-13 April. While global attention was focused on the adoption of initial strategy for the GHG emissions reduction from ships, key themes also included the 2020 sulphur limit, the BWM Convention, HFO use in Arctic, marine litter and biofouling.
The initial strategy on reduction of GHG emissions from ships that was adopted at IMO MEPC 72 meeting in London last week has received a wide applaud by stakeholders across the maritime industry. The agreement seeks to reduce the total annual GHG emissions by at least 50% by 2050 compared to 2008.
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