A Greenwashes Shipping with a hopelessly low carbon efficiency target
Originally posted on Transport & Environment.
By Eoin Bannon
The global maritime fleet will have to reduce its carbon intensity by just 1.5% per year as part of a climate plan adopted yesterday by the United Nations regulator, IMO. The target is as low as what would be achieved under the status quo¹ and well below the 7% annual reduction required to meet the Paris Agreement targets. Transport & Environment (T&E) said the EU must resist all attempts by the IMO to prevent it from taking effective regional measures to reduce the climate impact of maritime transport in Europe.
Faig Abbasov, Director of Shipping Program at T&E, said: “The marine regulator is whitewashing shipping with a desperately low vessel efficiency target. The proposal shows complete disregard for climate science and is nothing more than a cosmetic measure. Meanwhile, the IMO is interfering in democratic EU affairs by trying to curb its plans to reduce pollution from ships. This is unacceptable.”
At the meeting, the IMO secretariat reiterated its disapproval of potential national and regional regulatory measures to address the growing climate impact of shipping where it has failed. The EU is preparing to include maritime transport in its emissions trading system during the bloc’s carbon market review on July 14. The EU will also propose to require ships to gradually switch to sustainable alternative fuels.
Maritime transport represents around 13% of greenhouse gas emissions from European transport.
¹ ICCT, choose wisely: IMO carbon intensity target could be the difference between increasing or decreasing emissions from shipping this decade, 2021.
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