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IMO member states push for adoption of CO2 roadmap

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A group of countries, including France, Germany, and Denmark, are calling for the IMO to adopt a well-defined roadmap for work to reduce CO2 emissions. With the existing initiatives alone, the IMO could risk not approving the key CO2 measures before 2023, according to a document which ShippingWatch has read.

The upcoming meeting of the IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee, MEPC, will grapple with what looks like its biggest topic in decades when the committee gathers in London in late October for the MEPC-70 meeting.

Meeting number 70 of the key committee looks set to be particularly decisive after the shipping sector was ultimately not included in the climate accord signed by the UN member states in Paris back in December 2015, the so-called COP21 agreement aimed at reducing global CO2 emissions in an effort to halt global warming.

The MEPC meeting this past spring, to the significant disappointment of numerous NGO's, only dealt sporadically with shipping and CO2 when the members of the UN's International Maritime Organization were tasked with producing proposals for how the world's countries and carriers can contribute to reducing the scope of greenhouse gas emissions from the sector. As such, the stakeholders have since then been looking for initiatives that might help the IMO play an active part in the efforts to help the climate. And now a proposal is on the table, submitted ahead of the meeting which will start the real work towards an IMO agreement.

The proposal is spearheaded by maritime nations such as Denmark and Germany, but - and perhaps more surprising - also countries such as the Ivory Coast, the Marshall Islands, and Morocco.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
The key element is that shipping should contribute with a "fair share" of the combined reduction, and in more specific terms, the size of such a "fair share." [...]                                                                                                                                                                                                        


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