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EU shipowners reaffirm support for IMO to lead GHG emissions fight

01/12/2015
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The European Community Shipowners’ Association (ECSA) has thrown its weight behind IMO as the proper leader of efforts to reduce shipping’ s greenhouse gas emissions at the start of the COP 21 Climate Change Conference in Paris. 

“We fully support the idea that shipping has to contribute to global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions” said ECSA secretary-general Patrick Verhoeven, before reiterating his association’s confidence in the ability of the IMO to tackle the problem. “After all, the IMO is the shipping industry’s global regulator,” he added.

The EU has already aadopted a regulation (EU 2015/757) on the monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) of CO2 emissions from maritime transport, he reminded, as necessary first step in ascertaining the real contribution of shipping to global CO2 emissions, starting in 2018.

Having already adopted the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) and Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP) for new and existing ships, the IMO was likewise now “making good progress” on  drawing up a global MRV system for individual ships, he added, “mirroring the EU system.” [...]

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