CENTRO INTERNAZIONALE STUDI CONTAINERS
ANNO XXXVIII - Numero OTTOBRE 2020
TRANSPORT AND ENVIRONMENT
NEW IMO PROPOSALS TO CUT SHIPPING EMISSIONS HAVE 'TOO MANY
IMO member states have been urged by environmental campai-gners
to reject shipping emission proposals from an IMO inter-sessional
After meeting this week the group's Reducing Greenhouse Gas
Emissions from Ships (J/5) draft text will be forwarded to the IMO's
Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), scheduled for 16-20
November, where parties are expected to adopt the recommendations.
However, campaigners argued that the J/5 proposals violate the
IMO's own initial greenhouse gas strategy in three key ways: that
the industry will fail to reduce emissions before 2023; will not
peak emissions as soon as possible; and will not set ship CO2
emissions on a pathway consistent with Paris Agreement goals.
John Maggs, president of the Clean Shipping Coalition, which has
observer status at the talks, said: "We urge all countries to
reconsider their support for the J/5 decision and reject it, unless
it can be fundamentally strengthened,"
Pacific Environment, World Wildlife Fund and the Clean Ship-ping
Coalition said the J/5 draft failed to properly address ship
emissions' contribution to climate change on the absence of carbon
intensity targets and a weakened Energy Efficiency of Existing Ships
"The proposal still contains no carbon intensity target
and, so-mehow, reduces the stringency of the required EEXI for many
ship types. (The EEXI requires ships to reduce their engine po-wer
to make them more efficient.)
"This means the proposal would, at best, now curb GHG by
only 0.65% to 1.3% by 2030, compared with the business-as-usual
pathway without IMO regulation. This was 15% above the indu-stry's
2008 baseline," the groups said.
Secondly, they argue that J/5 contains loopholes, including
allo-wing non-compliant ships to continue "underperforming for
three consecutive years before they even have to file a plan to make
improvements, and can easily game underperformance indefinitely by
ensuring one compliant year every three years".
And thirdly they point out that there are no enforcement
measu-res: "All clauses that would create consequences for
non-compliance - such as increased EEXI stringency or ultimately
revoking a ship's statement of compliance - have been remo-ved."
Faig Abbasov, shipping programme director at European
envi-ronmental lobby group Transport & Environment, said EU
coun-tries determined to meet their Paris Agreement commitments
should focus their efforts on enforcing EU shipping emission
"Governments have ridden roughshod over the Paris Agreement
by agreeing a measure that will see ship emissions grow for decades
"The UN maritime agency again showed the world it can only
deliver cosmetic changes.
"EU countries should work through the European Green Deal
to fill the gap left by the IMO," he said.."
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