IMO secretary general Efthimios Mitroploulos has stressed that the regulation of greenhouse gas (GHC) emissions from shipping should be pursued through IMO.
IMO secretary general Efthimios Mitroploulos has stressed, in a speech to the Climate Change Conference Copenhagen that the Kyoto Protocol provided that the regulation of greenhouse gas (GHC) emissions from shipping should be pursued through IMO. The speech comes against the background of calls by some campaign groups to take GHC away from IMO.
He added: ?I am convinced that the interests of mankind and the global climate would be best served if the Parties to the UNFCCC, most of which are also IMO Member States, continued entrusting the Organization with the development and enactment of the global regulatory regime needed to limit or reduce GHG emissions from international shipping, on a universal basis.?
Mr Mitropoulos said: ?Our work on this topic contains three distinct components: technical measures that will mainly be applied to new ships; operational measures for all ships ? new and existing; and market-based reduction measures to provide emission-cutting incentives ? all of which, when fully implemented, will deliver the required GHG emission reductions from ships engaged in international trade. Indeed, a study on GHG emissions from ships conducted by IMO this year forecasts that, through the technical measures developed by the Organization, a relative emission reduction of 15 to 30% is possible depending on ship type and size, while, through the operational measures, a further 20% reduction on a tonne mile basis is possible and would be cost-effective even with the current fuel prices.?