Will shipping’s voice be heard at the UNFCCC?

03 Dec 2010

There is concern that shipping and aviation will be used as a cash cow to help raise the $100 billion in funds a year needed by 2020 to help developing countries deal with climate change.

A report released earlier this month by the United Nations high level advisory group on climate change financing (AGF) highlighted taxes on international aviation and shipping as a way to generate revenues.

The IMO will also be there to provide the UN framework convention on climate change (UNFCCC) conference with updated information on its greenhouse gas work through official submissions, outreach activities, an exhibition booth and at side events. IMO wants to emphasise that it should continue to be entrusted with the development and enactment of global regulations on the control of GHG emissions from ships engaged in international trade. In fact, just this week, to prove its commitment it circulated proposed amendments to MARPOL Annex VI that “would make mandatory, for new ships, the energy efficiency design index (EEDI) and the ship energy efficiency management plan (SEEMP), both of which have been previously disseminated by IMO for voluntary use.”

There is still scepticism over whether an agreement to ‘a new Kyoto’ will be reached, on the other hand shipping has realised it must lobby hard to make its voice heard. There will be more changes to regulations, impacting shipping for decades to come.

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