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IMO strategy paper on reducing Greenhouse Gases

  • 1.  IMO strategy paper on reducing Greenhouse Gases

    Posted 06-25-2019 16:33

    The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has posted a policy paper on the reduction of greenhouse gases from ships.  Their goal is explained as follows:

    "IMO remains committed to reducing GHG emissions from international shipping and, as a matter of urgency, aims to phase them out as soon as possible in this century.

    "Levels of ambition

    "The Initial Strategy identifies levels of ambition for the international shipping sector noting that technological innovation and the global introduction of alternative fuels and/or energy sources for international shipping will be integral to achieve the overall ambition. Reviews should take into account updated emission estimates, emissions reduction options for international shipping, and the reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC ). Levels of ambition directing the Initial Strategy are as follows:

    ".1 carbon intensity of the ship to decline through implementation of further phases of the energy efficiency design index (EEDI) for new ships
    " - to review with the aim to strengthen the energy efficiency design requirements for ships with the percentage improvement for each phase to be determined for each ship type, as appropriate;
    ".2 carbon intensity of international shipping to decline 
    " - to reduce CO2 emissions per transport work, as an average across international shipping, by at least 40% by 2030, pursuing efforts towards 70% by 2050, compared to 2008; and
    ".3 GHG emissions from international shipping to peak and decline
    " - to peak GHG emissions from international shipping as soon as possible and to reduce the total annual GHG emissions by at least 50% by 2050 compared to 2008 whilst pursuing efforts towards phasing them out as called for in the Vision as a point on a pathway of CO2 emissions reduction consistent with the Paris Agreement temperature goals."

    The initial strategy can be read at this link:  IMO Strategy on GHG