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Shippers must have a voice in maritime emissions debate says GSF

Shippers must have a voice in maritime emissions debate says GSF

Ahead of the International Maritime Organisation’s Marine (IMO) Environment Protection Committee meeting (MEPC 66) at the end of last week, the Global Shippers’ Forum (GSF) called for shippers to have a greater voice in global discussions as the debate continues on how to tackle maritime greenhouse gas (ghg) emissions.

The issue has become a matter of greater urgency with the European Commission’s proposals for a monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) system from 2018 for all large ships that use EU ports, irrespective of where the ships are registered.

Chris Welsh, secretary general of GSF said: “We are at a particularly critical time in finding the solution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the maritime industry. The GSF is convinced shippers can help influence the debate in a positive way and ensure there is an effective and cost efficient approach”.

“In recent months, we have been heartened to see a move away from financial market-based measures by the IMO, such as a bunker levy or emissions trading system, which would simply pass costs to the shipper without encouraging improvements in carbon efficiency,” he continued.

GSF would ultimately like to see a global solution and is strongly urging the EU to pursue its initiative through the IMO.  The Commission’s MRV is a good starting point to develop measures that focus on recording and reporting carbon emissions and monitoring fuel consumption of ships, says the Forum.  Measures that focus on data collection will support shippers’ needs as they are increasingly required to accurately calculate their ghg emissions along the supply chain.

Welsh added: “An eventual global solution must be agreed by the IMO as shipping remains a global industry.  The MRV system from the Commission will contribute towards reaching an international agreement.”