Four Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have warned the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) that the “clock is ticking” and that it must act on carbon emissions immediately.
Like the small island states represented within the IMO, the European Parliament hopes an agreement to abolish carbon emissions in shipping by 2050 can be signed.
However, a number of emerging economies are refusing to go further than a 50% cut in that time.
An open letter penned by the MEPs read: “The clock is ticking, we do not have the luxury for any further delays. The survival of millions of climate-vulnerable people depends on all sectors of the economy doing their part in reducing humanity’s climate footprint.
“It is essential that shipping decarbonise and be subject to climate regulation; preferably by the IMO but otherwise through other means.”
Climate Home News reported that an alliance of Brazil, Panama and Saudi Arabia were resisting attempts spearheaded by Pacific islands and Northern European states to agree a 100% reduction in carbon emissions.
European countries and the European Commission (EC) have proposed an emissions reduction of at least 70%, while aiming for the full 100%.
MEP José Inácio Faria said: “The Paris Agreement commits parties to taking economy-wide action in order to limit an increase in pre-industrial temperatures to 1.5°C, which is well below 2°C.
“This means that action on shipping emissions is as much a part of this commitment as any other sector of the economy. The European Union (EU) position needs to stand firm so that results don’t fall short from the proposed objectives like in previous editions of IMO.”