After two weeks' intensive debate in the
International Maritime Organization (IMO) , steps have been taken
towards specific measures to reduce shipping's greenhouse gas
emissions, says a statement from Danish Maritime Authority
However, difficult negotiations lie ahead in order to reach the
?Last year, United Nations International Maritime Organization
(IMO) decided that a final climate strategy should be adopted in
2023. As one important milestone in this connection, an initial
climate strategy for the shipping industry should be ready in
2018. Now, a working group established by the IMO Marine
Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) has begun negotiations
At the recently held session of the MEPC, agreement was reached
about a number of main elements of the strategy. Furthermore,
negotiations on specific measures to reduce emissions from the
shipping industry have begun.
Director General Andreas Nordseth from the Danish Maritime
Authority says: "I am pleased that the IMO has shown its capacity
to act and is now engaged in the work developing a climate
strategy for the shipping industry. We have been striving for
progress and final outputs for a long time."
"But, it is of the utmost importance that we get global solutions
and that requires broad debate and negotiations and it takes
time. Therefore, we are very pleased about this first specific
step. The road is still long, but it is an important step forward
that the framework for a strategy is now in place," Andreas
The IMO has, inter alia, made a rough list of specific measures
which may form the basis of future work, and which includes a
strengthening of existing requirements for ships' energy
efficiency as well as further research on the use of alternative
One of the main elements to be included in the work at an
extraordinary meeting to be held in the IMO this October is the
level of ambition for the initial strategy.
Andreas Nordseth says: "We, on the Danish side, will take an
active part in future work, and we consider it of the utmost
importance that regulations on shipping's greenhouse gas
emissions are global and flag neutral and, not least, that it is
possible to implement and enforce them effectively."
Recognising the comprehensive load of work that remains to be
done in the IMO, it has been decided to hold an extraordinary
meeting in October 2017 about the initial strategy.