IMO Environment Committee Makes Progress on Emissions Regulations for Ships
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13 October 2008: The International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) held its 58th session from 6-10 October 2008, in London, UK.

The Committee maintained momentum in limiting or reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from ships, and made substantive progress in developing technical and operational measures to address these emissions.

The Committee approved […]

Major progress on air pollution, ship recycling and ballast water management at IMO environment meeting 13 October 2008: The International Maritime Organization’s
(IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) held its 58th session from
6-10 October 2008, in London, UK. The Committee maintained momentum in limiting
or reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from ships, and made substantive
progress in developing technical and operational measures to address these
emissions.

The Committee approved the use of the draft Interim Guidelines on
the method of calculation of the Energy Efficiency Design Index for new ships,
for calculation/trial purposes with a view to further refinement and
improvement. The MEPC also held a discussion on market-based measures, and
agreed to further discuss such measures at its next session. For its
deliberations, the Committee considered information on Phase 1 of the updating
of the 2000 IMO Study on GHG emissions from ships, which estimates emissions of
carbon dioxide from international shipping both from activity data and from
international fuel statistics. The Committee’s work in this area will be
pursued at an intersessional meeting early in 2009, for presentation to MEPC59
in July 2009.
The outcome of MEPC59 will be presented to the UN Climate Change
Conference to be held in Copenhagen, Denmark, in December 2009. The Committee
also discussed whether the measures to reduce or limit GHG emissions from ships
should be mandatory or voluntary for all States. Several delegations favored
the application of the principle of common but differentiated responsibility,
and therefore the application of any mandatory regime aimed at reducing GHG
emissions from ships to Annex I countries.
However, several others referred to
the IMO’s global mandate as regards the safety of ships and the protection of
the marine environment from ship emissions, and argued that the IMO regulatory
framework on GHG should be applicable to all ships, irrespective of the flags
they fly. Some highlighted that three-quarters of the world’s merchant fleet
fly the flag of non-Annex I countries and that any regulatory regime on GHGs
from shipping would be ineffective if it were only applied to Annex I
countries. [IMO
Press Release
]

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