MITROPOULOS STRESSES NEED FOR IMO LEAD ON GREENHOUSE GASES
IMO should regulate greenhouse gas emissions from ships IMO secretary general Efthimios Mitropoulos said when the leaders of three UN agencies involved in the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 15) to be held in Copenhagen in December, held a preparatory meeting at IMO"s London headquarters on 30 April.
Also attending was of the United Nations Framework Convention Climate Change (UNFCCC) Executive Secretary Y de Boer and the President of the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) R Kobeh González,.
According to IMO the three discussed potential hurdles to be crossed in the process leading up to the December conference, as well as the potential outcome both for the environment and for the two international transport industries.
Mr Mitropoulos stated at the close of the meeting that the interests of the environment and the shipping industry would be best served if the UNFCCC Parties, at COP 15, continued to entrust IMO with the development and enactment of the global regulatory regime needed to ensure that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from international shipping as a whole are reduced or limited.