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Maritime Shipping to Halve Carbon Footprint by 2050 (Int'l)
International Chamber of Shipping
Date: 2019-05-22
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the world's major maritime shipping organization, representing around 80 pct of the world's merchant tonnage, reports it "remains confident that shipping will improve its carbon efficiency by at least 40 pct by 2030 compared to 2008, in line with the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) targets to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions."

ICS also noted it welcomes the additional guidance agreed by the IMO MEPC to assist the smooth implementation of the global sulphur cap on 1 January 2020 -- requiring ships outside sulphur emission control areas to use fuel with a sulphur content of 0.5 pct or less. (Source: International Chamber of Shipping, Marine Link, 17 May, 2019) Contact: IMO, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org; International Chamber of Shipping, Guy Platten, Sec. Gen., www.ics-shipping.org

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Shipping Will Meet 2030 CO2 Target, says ICS (Int'l)
International Chamber of Shipping
Date: 2019-05-20
In Bonn, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), a maritime shipping industry group, reports it remains confident that shipping will improve its carbon efficiency by at least 40 pct by 2030 compared to 2008, in line with the IMO targets to reduce shipping greenhouse gas emissions.

According to ICS Secretary General Guy Platten, the ICS is "keen to see further progress on developing more short term measures to help the existing fleet reduce its emissions and are optimistic that IMO Member States can agree some additional regulations, during 2020, combining prescriptive and goal based approaches that will deliver further GHG reductions before 2023."

"While short term measures are important, ICS continues to assert that IMO needs to move quickly onto considering the critical long term measures that will help the industry to deliver the very ambitious target of a 50 percent total cut of GHG emissions by 2050 regardless of trade growth. This can only realistically be achieved with the introduction of commercially viable zero -- or near zero -- CO2 emitting propulsion systems, which means that accelerated research and development programs have to be at the center of the IMO strategy," Platten added. (Source: International Chamber of Shipping, Various Media, MarEx, 18 May, 2019) Contact: IMO, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org; International Chamber of Shipping, Secretary General, Guy Platten, www.ics-shipping.org

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ICS Calls for Zero CO2 Emissions for Ocean Shipping (Int'l)
International Chamber of Shipping,IMO
Date: 2017-11-13
According to the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), which represents more than 80 pct of the world's maritime fleet, the elimination of carbon emissions from oceangoing vessels is achievable by the end of this century. To accomplish this goal the shipping industry must continue to support International Maritime Organization (IMO) with developing an ambitious CO2 reduction strategy, as well as embrace renewable energy-based power technologies.

. While still requiring final IMO verification, ICS said current emissions reduction measures undertaken by the maritime industry has reduced the annual CO2 emissions to about 8 pct below the 2008 peak, despite a 30 pct increase in maritime trade. Various IMO member states have called for ship emissions reductions in the range of 50 to 70 pct by 2050 and 2060 (Source: ICS, American Shipper, 7 Nov., 2017) Contact: IMO, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org; International Chamber of Shipping, www.ics-shipping.org

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ICS Forecasting Carbon-Free Shipping after 2050 (Int'l)
International Chamber of Shipping
Date: 2017-11-10
In Bonn, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) announced its vision for a carbon-free fleet in the second half of the century and proposed that International Maritime Organization (IMO) member states adopt a "suitably ambitious goal" for a reduction in carbon emissions, based on an "agreed percentage."

In addition to any climate measures that IMO may adopt, unrelated regulatory initiatives are likely to lead to emissions reductions in the near term due to "significant increases in marine fuels and the switch by the entire world fleet to low sulphur fuels." "This should greatly incentivize, to the extent this is possible, the further reduction of fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by ships.," the ICS says. (Source: International Chamber of Shipping , MarExec,, 7 Nov., 2017) Contact: IMO, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org; International Chamber of Shipping, www.ics-shipping.org International Chamber of Shipping,

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Maritime Shipping Emissions below 2008 Levels (Int'l. Report)
IMO,ICCT,International Chamber of Shipping
Date: 2017-10-20
A recent study from the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) has found that total CO2 emissions from maritime shipping are still way below 2008 levels due in part to the industry's overall increase fuel efficiency. The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) welcomed the ICCT findings that maritime shipping emissions appear to have stabilized.

Maritime shipping accounted for 932 million tons of emissions out of 36 billion tons on a global basis. According to ICS, the data supports its objective of holding the sector's total emissions below 2008 levels. (Source: International Council on Clean Transportation, Casualties, 18 Oct., 2017)Contact: International Council on Clean Transportation, (202) 534-1600, www.theicct.org; IMO, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org; International Chamber of Shipping, www.ics-shipping.org

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Maritime Organizations Call for IMO to Set CO2 Targets (Int'l)
IMO,International Maritime Organization
Date: 2017-06-26
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee reports it will meet in July to develop a strategy for the reduction of the sector's CO2 emissions aligning the international shipping sector response to the 2015 Paris Agreement's call for ambitious contributions to combat climate change.

INTERCARGO, International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and INTERTANKO have proposed that the IMO maintain international shipping's annual total CO2 emissions below 2008 levels to reduce CO2 emissions per ton of cargo transported one kilometer by at least 50 pct by 2050, compared to 2008.

The international shipping industry was not included in the Paris Climate Accord although the industry is responsible for transporting about 90 pct of global trade and 2.2 pct of the world's annual man-made CO2 emissions. (Source: Maritime Exec., Various Others, 22 June, 2017)Contact: International Chamber of Shipping, Esben Poulsson, Chairman, +44 20 7090 1460, www.ics-shipping.org; International Maritime Organization, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org

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CMC Supports 50 pct Marine Emissions Cut by 2050 (Ind. Report)
Chamber of Marine Commerce,International Chamber of Shipping
Date: 2017-06-14
The Great Lakes Chamber of Marine Commerce (CMC) is endorsing proposed international targets to reduce marine shipping's carbon emissions per ton-kilometer by 50 pct by 2050 in order to match the ambition of the Paris Agreement on climate change.

In May, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) agreed to urge the UN agency, the International Maritime Organization (IMO), to adopt the reduction objectives on behalf of the international shipping sector as a whole.

The objectives endorsed by ICS include maintaining international shipping's annual total CO2 emissions below 2008 levels; reducing CO2 emissions across international shipping by at least 50 pct by 2050 compared to 2008; and reducing international shipping's total annual CO2 emissions by an agreed percentage by 2050, compared to 2008, as a point on a continuing trajectory of CO2 emissions reduction. (Source: Chamber of Marine Commerce, Global Trade, Various Others, 12 June, 2017) Contact: Chamber of Marine Commerce, www.marinedelivers.com; International Chamber of Shipping, Esben Poulsson, Chairman, +44 20 7090 1460, www.ics-shipping.org; International Maritime Organization, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org

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ICS Calls for IMO to Commit to Maritime CO2 Targets (Int'l)
International Chamber of Shipping
Date: 2017-05-17
In a submission to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Member States, the London-headquartered International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) is urging the IMO to adopt the following objectives relative to climate change maritime CO2 emissions:
  • Maintain international shipping's annual total CO2 emissions below 2008 levels;
  • Reduce CO2 emissions per tonne-km, as an average across international shipping, by at least 50 pct by 2050, compared to 2008;
  • Cut international shipping's total annual CO2 emissions by an agreed percentage by 2050, compared to 2008, as a point on a continuing trajectory of CO2 emissions reduction; and
  • Remain in control of additional measures to address shipping CO2 reductions and to develop a global solution, rather than risk the danger of market distorting measures at national or regional level.

    According to the 2014 IMO GHG Study, international shipping emitted 921 million tons of CO2 in 2008. As a result of technical and operational measures, this figure declined by 13 percent to less than 800 million tons of CO2 in 2012 or 2.2 percent of the world's total CO2 emissions. (Source: International Chamber of Shipping, MarEx, 14 May, 2017) Contact: International Chamber of Shipping, Esben Poulsson, Chairman, +44 20 7090 1460, www.ics-shipping.org; International Maritime Organization, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org

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  • EU Proposes Action on Maritime Emissions (Int'l, Ind. Report)
    International Maritime Organization,EU ETS
    Date: 2016-12-21
    The European Parliament's Environment Committee's recent decision to take regional action over ship emissions with respect to emissions trading, unless the International Maritime Organization (IMO) acts first, has been met with a mixed response.

    Specifically, the Committee decided to include shipping emissions in the European Union's (EU's) Emissions Trading Scheme ( EU ETS) from 2023 if the IMO does not have a comparable system operating for global shipping from 2021.

    Among the maritime industry groups, Danish Shipowners' Association, the European Community Shipowners' Associations (ECSA), and the . International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) are opposed to the action. "Non-EU nations will be disappointed and very concerned by yesterday's vote in the European Parliament Environment Committee following IMO's adoption just a few weeks ago of a comprehensive road map for action," said ICS Director of Policy and External Relations, Simon Bennett. "But we hope that EU governments and the European Commission will see sense and recognize that threats to their trading partners will not serve the development of the global solution which both they and the shipping industry want and need." On the other hand, the Port of Rotterdam welcomed the decision. (Source: Ship & Bunker, Hellenic News, Various Other Media, 19 Dec., 2016) Contact: International Maritime Organization, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org; ICS, Esben Poulsson, Chairman, +44 20 7090 1460, www.ics-shipping.org

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