The European Union is pushing for an ambitious global emission reduction objective for the maritime shipping sector to meet the bloc’s climate objectives that fall into line with the Paris Agreement.
European Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc attended on April 9 the kick-off of a week of important talks in London as part of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) – the United Nations’ specialised agency charged with guaranteeing secure and environmentally-friendly shipping.
The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) is meeting until April 13 and is expected to adopt an initial strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping.
The European Union and its Member States plan to advocate for an ambitious global emission reduction objective for the sector that is consistent with the goals set by the Paris Agreement and with the Commission’s Communication “the Road from Paris,” the European Executive said.
The EU is fully committed to stepping up its climate diplomacy and collaboration with other partners in order to capitalise on the momentum generated from the implementation of the Paris agreement.
Bulc conveyed position to the EU’s IMO Secretary-General Ki-Tack Lim, MEPC Chairman Hideaki Saito, as well as with state parties, industry and non-governmental organisations, the Commission said. In addition to the climate change mitigation, the MEPC will also address, among other items, issues related to the energy efficiency of ships and the reduction of Sulphur content in marine fuels.
According to the IMO, estimates say a ship’s energy consumption and CO2 emissions can be reduced by up to 75% by applying operational measures and implementing existing technologies. The technologies needed to improve energy efficiency have the ability to lower the carbon footprint in the maritime sector.