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IMO Secretary-General Says MEPC 69 Debate Post COP 21 Agreement Was "Constructive"

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International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Kitack Lim Friday, in closing remarks at the Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC) 69th session(MEPC 69), said that the meeting gleaned a "constructive debate" on ways that the organisation could best support goals outlined in the COP 21 agreement reached in Paris in December.

Lim says that he expects further discussion on the topic at MEPC's 70th session (MEPC 70) in October.

Through MEPC's decision to approve mandatory requirements for ships to record and report their bunker consumption, Lim says that a message has been sent that the IMO is the appropriate international body to address international shipping's Green House Gas (GHG) emissions.

"I am looking forward to the next session adopting the mandatory fuel consumption data collection system, which will be a milestone towards more important work envisaged at the second and third steps in the agreed three-phase approach," said Lim. [...]


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