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Key IMO Meeting to Consider New Climate Measures for Shipping

Mike Schuler
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June 10, 2021

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is set to adopt new measures to reduce the shipping industry’s greenhouse gas emissions during a key meeting of IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 76), which kicked off remotely today.

In opening the session, IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim highlighted key amendments set to be adopted to MARPOL Annex VI aimed at cutting the carbon intensity of ships by at least 40% by 2030. He also emphasized the need for IMO to timely deliver on the implementation of the IMO Initial Strategy, which sets a goal of reducing emissions by at least 50 percent by 2050 compared with 2008 levels.

“The stakes are high, adoption of short-term measures at this session is crucial to our ability to deliver on the commitments we have made in our initial strategy. Let me be blunt, failure is not an option, as if we fail in our quest, it is not unreasonable to conclude that we run the risk of having unilateral or multilateral initiatives, but, I have full confidence that you will demonstrate that the IMO can be trusted to deliver on commitments it has already agreed,” Secretary-General Lim said.

“With your strong commitment to finalizing the short-term measure at this session as a key starting point and agreeing on a way forward to structure future discussions, IMO will demonstrate that it is on the right pathway of GHG reduction consistent with the Paris Agreement temperature goals. It will also reinforce the message that IMO is the only global forum to address climate-friendly maritime transport to any sceptic who might think otherwise,” Mr. Lim said

The MEPC will also consider for adoption draft amendments to prohibit the use and carriage for use as fuel of heavy fuel oil by ships in Arctic waters, as well as draft amendments to the AFS Convention concerning controls on cybutryne.

The MEPC meets from 10 to 17 June in remote session.

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