IMO postpones everything until 2023 and the EU agrees

At the last meeting of the International Maritime Organization, Brussels voted against the Marshall Islands and Solomon Islands’ decision calling for carbon-neutral shipping by 2050.


Regarding ship emissions, the United Nations has postponed them until 2023

( – No need to rush to update cutting strategy Ship emissions. last meeting ofemo, the international body dealing with maritime affairs under the mandate of the United Nations, He decided to postpone everything.

Although the same Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio GuterresA month ago, he spoke very clearly: “Let’s be honest”, said at the leaders of IMO and ICAO (a similar organization for civil air traffic) during a summit in Beijing on October 19, “The current commitments are not in line with the 1.5 degree target. In fact, they are more in line with the temperature increase of more than 3 degrees.”.

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The warning fell on deaf ears. Yesterday’s meeting Marine Environmental Protection Commission (MEPC) The IMO has chosen not to touch on its current strategy, which simply plans to halve ship emissions from 2008 levels by 2050, while the goal consistent with the Paris Agreement is to become climate neutral by that date.

Not only. The postponement is not to next year, but to the year still after that. In 2022, IMO member states will be able to submit proposals, on a voluntary basis, to modify the ship emissions strategy. But the proposals can only be adopted at the 2023 meeting.

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Indeed, already at this last meeting at the IMO table, proposals were made to speed up the pace. The Marshall Islands and Solomon Islands – Both are at risk of sea level rise – He called for a commitment to decarbonize shipping by 2050. Only 8 countries voted yes on that resolution: Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Ukraine, UK, US, Vanuatu and Iceland.

The rejection of the resolution, despite support for the overall goal of zero emissions for half a century, was 31 years old and among these stands out the European Union.. Some countries, such as France and Germany, said no, although only two weeks ago, during COP26 in GlasgowThey have specifically committed to this goal. (NS)

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