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Campaigners accuse IMO of further carbon inaction

Campaigners have criticised the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) decision not to finalise an initial strategy to address shipping’s greenhouse gas emissions until 2023.

Under proposals submitted to the IMO’s meeting in London on Friday, the emissions reduction strategy will be finalised in 2023, after a three-year project to capture ship-level fuel use data beginning in 2019.

According to a statement from environmental campaign group, Transport & Environment: “The IMO first established a work plan on greenhouse gases in 2003 but this week it decided to create a fresh process for yet more talks – betraying the Paris agreement’s call for urgent action to limit global warming at 1.5/2°C.”

The statement continued: “On barriers to improving ship efficiency, the IMO has confirmed that its data collection system will remain secret – even to its individual members – as ship registries compete against each other. Measurements of ship efficiency will use proxy data and not real numbers.”

“Despite all this,” the campaign group said, “the IMO now wants the EU to dismantle its far more transparent and accurate system and align with the global lowest common denominator”

IMO restrictions mean journalists cannot report what delegates say in the debate without their permission. However journalist Alex Marshall, who was present at the talks, said: “The IMO is also agreeing to have two weeks a year (I think) to talk solely on climate so chances of progress are high.”

An IMO spokesperson said that details of the decision could not be provided at the time of publication, although they would be available shortly after.