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Norwegian "Green" Shipping Action Plan Released (Int'l. Report)
Norwegian Environment Agency
Date: 2019-10-09
In Oslo, the Norwegian Environment Agency is reporting release of its "green" shipping action plan aimed at reducing emissions from domestic shipping and fishing vessels by half by 2030.

As increasing the use of biodiesel and biogas may be an important means of achieving the aim of halving emissions from domestic shipping by 2030, the Ministry of Climate and Environment has asked the Norwegian Environment Agency, in cooperation with the Norwegian Maritime Authority, to review the possibility and consequences of introducing a biofuel quota obligation for sustainable biodiesel and biogas for shipping.

The plan calls for different approaches for different vessel types: scheduled passenger vessels and ferries, cruise ships and international passenger ferries, cargo vessels, offshore support vessels, specialized vessels including aquaculture service vessels, fishing vessels and recreational craft. To that end, the Government will consider the introduction of incentives for zero- and low-emission ships and also encourage owners to register zero- and low-emission ships.

The action plan is available HERE. (Source: Norwegian Environment Agency, Maritime Exec., 7 Oct., 2019) Contact: Norwegian Environment Agency,

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Maritime Giant Maersk Aims for Zero Emissions Vessels by 2030 (Int'l)
Maersk.Martime Emissions
Date: 2019-09-25
At the UN climate action summit in New York. senior figures from the maritime, infrastructure, energy and finance sector, including shipping giant Maersk and oil company Shell, joined the "Getting to Zero Coalition" and pledged zero emissions shipping will be a commercial reality by the end of next decade.

To that end, the companies will seek to coordinate the launch of clean fuels and vessels while making sure that these are supported by adequate ports, finance and policy incentives.

The initiative is in keeping with UN International Maritime Organization's (IMO) pledge to halve emissions from 2008 levels by 2050. Currently responsible for 2 - 3 pct of annual global emissions, the international shipping industry could see its emissions jump up to 250 pct by 2050 in the absence of any action. (Source: Maersk, PR, 23 Sept., 2019) Contact: Maersk Line, Soren Skou, CEO, International Maritime Organization Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611,

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Maritime Organization,  Maritime Emissions,  Maersk,  Climate Change,  

Maritime Shipper NYK Touts First Carbon-Neutral Voyage (Int'l.)
Date: 2019-09-20
In the Land of the Rising Sun, maritime shipping giant NYK Line is reporting its first carbon-neutral voyage from Japan to the Middle East offset 5,000 tons of CO2.

The voyage was completed by the car carrier Aries Leader which is equipped with the latest energy-saving technologies, which the company claims reduces CO2 emissions per unit by 30 pct compared with existing large pure car carriers, comparing emissions on a per car basis. In this initiative, the remaining CO2 emissions not yet eliminated by technology were offset by carbon credits. (Source: NYK, PR, Sept., 2019) Contact: NYK Line, › english

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Maritime Giant Maersk Pledges Carbon Neutrality by 2050 (Int'l)
Date: 2019-07-17
As previously reported, Maersk, the world's largest maritime container shipping company, has committed to become carbon neutral by 2050.

The shipping giant, which operates nearly 700 global vessels, has already substantially cut emissions and spent $1 billion to date in efficiency improvements aimed at the intermediate target of cutting emissions by 60 pct by 2030. To date, Maersk has reduced CO2 emissions by 46 pct -- roughly 9 pct more than the industry average.

Maritime emissions were not covered by the Paris Climate Agreement. (Source: Maersk, ZME, 16 July, 2019) Contact: Maersk Line,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Marine Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  Maritime Emissions,  Maersk,  

Maritime Shipping Majors Could Miss Emissions Targets (Int'l)
Date: 2019-06-26
A Sea Change, a new report from the London-headquartered environmental non-profit and investment research provider CDP notes the world's maritime shipping majors are not investing in key technologies to reduce their carbon footprint, and that the sector is at risk of missing the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) targets to reduce GHG emissions by 50 pct by 2050.

The report ranks 18 of the largest publicly listed shipping companies, representing $62 billion of market capitalization, on business readiness for a low-carbon transition. CDP's analysis finds maritime innovation trends currently focus on technologies and fuels that only deliver marginal improvements; the shipping sector has poor rates of disclosure with only 5 companies completing CDP's 2018 Climate Change questionnaire; and board level oversight of climate issues is very low with only 3 companies having board level climate committees.

According to the report, shipping accounts for up to 3 pct of global emissions and 10 pct of transport emissions while transporting around 80 pct of the world's trade in physical goods. (Source: IMO, CDP, 25 June, 2019) Contact: CDP, Carole Ferguson, Head of Investor Research,; IMO, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611,

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Maritime Organization,  IMO,  Maritime Emissions,  CDP,  

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,; International Chamber of Shipping, Guy Platten, Sec. Gen.,

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Chamber of Shipping,  IMO,  Maritime Emissions,  Shipping Emissions,  

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,; International Chamber of Shipping, Secretary General, Guy Platten,

More Low-Carbon Energy News IMO,  International Chamber of Shipping,  Maritime Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  

BIMCO Calls for "Realistic" Maritime Emissions Reduction (Int'l)
Baltic and International Maritime Consultative Organization
Date: 2019-02-25
The Denmark-headquartered Baltic and International Maritime Consultative Organization (BIMCO) notes that the forthcoming Fourth International Maritime Organization (IMO) Greenhouse Gas Study should not include "unrealistically high GDP growth projections to determine the future level of shipping industry emissions."

BIMCO wants the next IMO study to ignore Scenarios 1 and 5 of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Shared Socio-economic Pathways (SSP) because they are based on unrealistic short- to mid-term economic growth projections. According to BIMCO, "The previous [IMO] study's most pessimistic projection of a 250 pct increase in CO2 emissions from shipping has since proven to be totally unrealistic, given the actual and projected economic development of the world, Unfortunately, the 250 pct projection has frequently been used as a stick against the shipping industry and to shape regional policy. BIMCO wants to avoid that happening again."

BIMCO claims a new report by the CE Delft consultancy uses a more realistic GDP growth forecast to project a reduction of 20 pct against a goal of 50 pct by 2050. Acknowledging the 30 pct shortfall in emissions reduction "We will need new solutions, in addition to traditional efficiency measures, to reach the 2050 target. But to pick the right solutions, we need realistic projections." BIMCO says.

BIMCO has 2,000 members in more than 120 countries representing shipowners, operators, managers, brokers and agents. (Source: Baltic and International Maritime Consultative Organization, Project Cargo Global, Feb., 2019) Contact: BIMCO Lars Robert Pedersen, Deputy Sec. Gen., +45 44 36 68 00, +45 44 36 68 68.,

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ADNOC Cuts Fleet Fuel Consumption and CO2 Emissions (Int'l)
ADNOC Logistics & Services
Date: 2019-01-18
Abu Dhabi-based ADNOC Logistics & Services (ADNOC), the marine and logistics subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), reports the under its Al Daffah Energy Efficiency Project the company slashed its operational fuel consumption and carbon emissions by 23 pct across a fleet of 122 vessels.

ADNOC, the UAE's largest fully integrated maritime and logistics company, has reduced its CO2 emissions by 1 million tons since 2013, according to a company release. (Source: ADNOC, International Shipping News , 17 Jan., 2019) Contact: ADNOC, +971 2 602 9000,

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Shipping Giant Maersk Pledges Carbon-Neutral Ships by 2050 (Int'l)
Date: 2019-01-02
Global shipping giant Maersk Line the world's largest container shipping company with a fleet of 639 ships, reports its operations will be carbon neutral by 2050 to help fight climate change.

To reach its goal, carbon neutral ships must be commercially available by 2030, and the shipping industry must be fully transitioned into using new carbon neutral fuels and supply chains by 2050.

The Paris Climate Accord excluded pollution from international shipping and aviation in its goal setting on climate change. Because shippers cross multiple jurisdictions in the course of each trip, they were left to police themselves. (Source: Maersk Line, PR, Savannah Now, 1 Jan., 2018) Contact: Maersk Line,

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IMO Accused of Heel Dragging on Maritime Carbon Emissions (Int'l)
IMO,Clean Shipping Coalition
Date: 2018-10-29
MarEx is reporting the Clean Shipping Coalition, an umbrella group for nine environmental NGOs, has warned that the London-headquartered IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) isn't doing enough to meet its commitment to reduce shipping's CO2 emissions.

The Coalition pointed to mandatory "slow steaming" speed reduction as a leading possibility for cutting back shipping's emissions. Even as a standalone measure, industry-wide speed limits could deliver on the IMO's goal to reduce carbon intensity by 40 pct by 2030, the group said. (Source: Clean Shipping Coalition, MarEx, 26 Oct., 2018) Contact:Clean Shipping Coalition,; IMO, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611,

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Cargill Launches CO2 Challenge for Greener Shipping (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-07-03
Minneapolis-based agri-business giant Cargill is reporting the launch of its CO2 Challenge initiative to accelerate the development of emission cutting technologies across the shipping sector. Cargill will work with risk management and certification specialist DNV GL and start-up advisor Rainmaking to deliver the initiative.

In 2017, Cargill pledged to cut its CO2 per cargo-ton-mile by 15 pct by the end of 2020.The CO2 Challenge follows the latest round of talks at the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) on how to curb emissions from the global shipping sector. The IMO announced a new target to cut shipping emissions 50 per cent by 2050 backed by an interim strategy to curb emissions and introduce new reporting-based measures designed to drive investment in greener shipping technologies and techniques.

Businesses and entrepreneurs who have a product in need of commercial assessment, testing, investment, and scaling are being invited to apply to participate in the CO2 Challenge before September 17, 2018. (Source: Cargill, Business Green, 2 July, 2018) Contact: Cargill, Jan Dieleman, Pres. Ocean Transportation Business, (800) 227-4455,

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Piraeus Port Authority Working to Cut Carbon Footprint (Int'l)
Sustainable Ports in the Adriatic-Ionian Region
Date: 2018-05-16
In Greece, the Piraeus Port Authority (PPA) reports it is taking measures to reduce its carbon footprint by effectively reducing its emissions.

The PPA is a partner in the ongoing Sustainable Ports in the Adriatic-Ionian Region (SUPAIR) which aims to slash emissions from shipping and onshore port operations through the creation of a transnational network of port authorities working together to develop action plans and commit to actions that will lead to low-carbon and multimodal transport and mobility solutions. (Source: Piraeus Port Authority,PR, Various Media, May, 2018) Contact: Piraeus Port Authority, +30 210 4550000,

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APL Confirms 2017 Maritime CO2 Emissions Reductions (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-05-11
Singapore-headquartered international container shipping and ocean freight provider American President Line (APL) reports it cut its carbon dioxide emissions per transported container per kilometer in 2017 by more than half, compared to its base level in 2009. The cut is eighth consecutive year of improved environmental performance for APL.

The 50.7 pct reduction of APL's 2017 CO2 emission data was verified by Lloyd's Register according to the CCWG verification protocol and principles, according to an APL release. This was an almost 3 percentage point improvement from the 48 pct reduction compared to 2016.APL now plans to cut carbon dioxide emissions per teu transported by 30 pct between 2015 and 2025. (Source: APL, Seatrade Maritime News, May, 2018) Contact: APL,

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GloMEEP Pilot Project Addressing Maritime Emissions (Int'l Report)
Date: 2018-05-04
In Kingston, Jamaica reports it is among 10 countries that have been selected to participate in the Global Maritime Energy Efficiency Partnerships (GloMEEP) Project which aims to support the implementation of energy-efficiency measures to reduce maritime shipping industry greenhouse gas emissions.

GloMEEP member countries -- Argentina, China, Georgia, India, Malaysia, Morocco, Panama, Philippines and South Africa -- will serve as lead pilot countries for implementing legal, policy and institutional reforms; undertake awareness-raising and capacity-building activities and establish public-private partnerships to support low-carbon shipping.

Jamaica, through the Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ), is currently staging a three-day session to assist maritime administrations, port authorities and their personnel to better understand sources of emissions in ports, identify strategies and solutions and train participants in the use of two new guides -- Guide for a Port Emissions Status Assessment and Guide for the Development of a Port Emissions Reduction Strategy -- which are being developed under the GloMEEP project.

GloMEEP is being undertaken through partnership involving the Global Environment Facility (GEF), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO). (Source: Global Maritime Energy Efficiency Partnership, Jamaica Information Service, 2 May, 2018) Contact: GloMEEP International Maritime Organization,

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IMO Wrestling with Maritime Shipping Emissions Accord (Int'l)
International Maritime Organization
Date: 2018-04-06
In March, the International Transport Forum (ITF), an autonomous intergovernmental body within the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD )reported that the international shipping industry could cut carbon emissions by between 82 pct and 90 pct by 2035 using currently available options such as clean-burning fuels like methanol, hydrogen and ammonia, implementing electric propulsion, hull design improvements and slower sailing speeds, all of which would cost the industry far in excess of an estimated $40 billion.

The biggest concern to shipowners is that if the IMO fails to come up with a solid "voluntary" plan, the European Union will include shipping in its Emissions Trading Scheme, where a cap is set on permissible greenhouse gases and amounts that can be emitted.

Shipping was excluded from the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement with governments entrusting the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to find a consensus on carbon, sulfur and other emissions and air pollutant reduction measures from ocean going vessels. According to the IMO, shipping contributed about 3.1 pct of total annual CO2 emissions in the period from 2007 to 2012. Vessel emissions are projected to jump between 50 pct and 250 pct by 2050 if no action is taken. (Source: IMO, Others, WSJ, April, 2018)Contact: IMO, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611,; International Transport Forum,

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Decarbonising Maritime Transport: Pathways to Zero-Carbon Shipping by 2035 -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
International Transport Forum
Date: 2018-03-28
Decarbonising Maritime Transport: Pathways to Zero-Carbon Shipping by 2035 , the International Transport Forum (ITF) identifies In the recently releasedfour potential decarbonization pathways for shipping that, it says, would result in a CO2 emission reduction of between 82 pct and 95 pct of the currently projected 2035 level. Remaining CO2 emissions would be between 44 and 156 million tonnes in 2035, according to the report.

ITF has proposed three key recommendations: the setting of a clear, ambitious emissions-reduction target to drive decarbonization of maritime transport; supporting the realization of emissions-reduction targets with a comprehensive set of policy measure; and providing smart financial incentives to advance the decarbonization of maritime shipping.

Download the full report HERE. (Source: International Transport Forum, Bunkerspot, Mar., 2018) Contact: International Transport Forum,

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COP23 Updated on IMO's GHG, Climate Change Work (Int'l)
Date: 2017-11-13
From the COP23 climate conference meeting in Bonn, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) reports the IMO's draft strategy on reduction of GHG emissions from ships has certified more than 2,600 ocean-going ships to the mandatory energy efficiency design requirements, which have been in force since 2013.

The IMO also reports the significant global reduction in the sulphur content of the fuel oil used by ships from 1 January 2020 is expected to further contribute to maritime GHG emissions through the anticipated resulting uptake of alternative fuels. IMO also noted its capacity-building and technical cooperation with the UNDP-GEF-IMO global energy efficiency project (GloMEEP) and the European-Union funded maritime technology cooperation centre's network (GMN) project. (Source: IMO, Marine Link, 7 Nov., 2017)Contact: IMO, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611,

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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,; International Chamber of Shipping,

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Singapore Research Center to Cut Maritime Emissions (Int'l)
NANYANG Technological University
Date: 2017-11-03
In Singapore, NANYANG Technological University (NTU) and the Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI) are reporting the launch of the S$15 million Maritime Energy and Sustainable Development (MESD) research center focusing on "innovative and sustainable" energy management, emissions management and sustainable maritime operations solutions for Singapore's maritime industry.

The centre, which is expected to be in operation by the year end, will work on projects that reduce harmful maritime shipping emissions. (Source: Singapore Maritime Institute, 30 Oct., 2017) Contact: Singapore Maritime Institute, +65 6270 2885,; NANYANG Technological University,

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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,; IMO, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611,; International Chamber of Shipping,

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Chamber of Shipping ,  ICS,  ICCT,  IMO,  Maritime Emissions,  Shipping Emissions,  

EMSA Launches Emissions Monitoring, Reporting and Verification System (Ind. Report)
European Maritime Safety Agency
Date: 2017-08-09
The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA), a European Union agency, reports the launch of THETIS-MRV, a new emissions monitoring, reporting and verification system to help reduce CO2 emissions from E.U. shipping. The system will enable companies responsible for the operation of large ships using E.U. ports to report their CO2 emissions, as required by the E.U.'s Monitoring, Reporting and Verification Regulation.

The THETIS-MRV system enables companies to work together with accredited verifiers to prepare monitoring plans in a voluntary module and to release emission compliance reports to the European Commission and other authorities using the mandatory module.

In 2013, the E.U. Commission set out a CO2 emissions monitoring, reporting and verification strategy for progressively integrating maritime emissions into the E.U.'s policy for reducing its domestic greenhouse gas emissions.

Maritime shipping emits approximately 1,000 million tpy CO2 and is responsible for about 2.5 pct of global greenhouse gas emissions. Shipping emissions are predicted to increase between 50 and 250 pct by 2050. (Source: European Maritime Safety Agency, MarEx , 7 Aug., 2017)Contact: EMSA,

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Ricardo Joins Global Industry Alliance to Support Low-Carbon Shipping (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-07-24
UK-based Professional services firm Ricardo Energy & Environment were among those to back the launch of the new Global Industry Alliance (GIA). The initiative has been formed to support maritime industry players overcome barriers preventing the adoption and further development of sustainable energy technologies in the global shipping industry.

The new entity is framed by various UN initiatives and projects, including the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the IMO Global Maritime Energy Efficiency Partnerships (GloMEEP) Project. The initiative aims to reduce the barriers to the uptake of energy-efficient and environmentally friendly transportation energy systems that already exist. Often time the technology creates considerable environmental damage and cost reductions, although they come with upfront capital costs.

According to a statement from Ricardo following the launch of the GIA, the GIA partners will work together to address key barriers to transitioning maritime shipping towards a low carbon maritime future, focusing on a number of priority areas including energy efficiency technologies and operational best practices, and alternative fuels. (Source: Ricardo, Consultancy.UK, 24 July, 2017)Contact: Ricardo, Ricardo-AEA, Robert Bell, Managing Director, +44 (0)1273 455611,,

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Shipping Ind. Alliance Seeks to Lower Carbon Emissions (Int'l)
International Maritime Organization
Date: 2017-07-05
A group of shipowners and operators and maritime industry related firms have joined forces with the London-headquartered International Maritime Organization's (IMO) Global Industry Alliance (GIA) in a global effort to improve shipping industry energy efficiency and reduce carbon output in maritime transport. GIA members will work together to identify and develop innovate measures and promote the implementation of new energy efficiency marine technologies, as well as operational measures, such as best practices, alternative fuels, and IT.

GIA members include ABB Engineering (Shanghai) Ltd., DNV GL, Lloyd's Register EMEA, MarineTraffic, Ricardo UK Ltd., Royal Caribbean Cruises, Shell International Trading and Shipping Co. Ltd., Silverstream Technologies, Stena AB, Total Marine Fuels, Wartsila Corp., Mediterranean Shipping Co., and Winterthur Gas & Diesel Ltd. (Source: International Maritime Organization, American Shipper, 30 June, 2017) Contact: International Maritime Organization, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611,

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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,; International Maritime Organization, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611,

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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,; International Chamber of Shipping, Esben Poulsson, Chairman, +44 20 7090 1460,; International Maritime Organization, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611,

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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,; International Maritime Organization, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News IMO,  International Chamber of Shipping,  Maritime Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  

  • Shippers Want Maritime Emissions Added to EU ETS (Int'l)
    BICEPS Network,Clean Shipping Index
    Date: 2017-02-17
    The Clean Shipping Index and BICEPS Network have called on the European Commission (EC) to include shipping emissions in the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) under a special fund. The two associations are also supporting the EU Environment Committee's proposal to regulate carbon dioxide and other shipping sector greenhouse gas emissions.

    Ship CO2 emissions are completely unregulated, and shipping is the only sector in Europe not contributing to the 2030 emissions reduction target.

    Clean Shipping Index represents 29 companies involved in shipping goods around the world, while BICEPS Network includes various companies such as AB InBev, AkzoNobel, DSM, Farm Frites, FrieslandCampina, Huntsman, IOI Loders Croklaan, and Lamb Weston/Meijer, among others. (Source: BICEPS,, 14 Feb., 2017)Contact:BICEPS Network,; Clean Shipping Index,

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    Equate, Maersk Partner to Sink Maritime CO2 Emissions (Int'l)
    Equate Petrochemical,Maersk Line
    Date: 2017-02-15
    EQUATE Petrochemical Company, a global producer of petrochemicals, and Maersk Line are reporting an agreement to decrease maritime CO2 emissions. The agreement, which is the first of its kind in Kuwait, is based on the two organizations' sustainability priorities to protect and safeguard the environment by decreasing CO2 emissions. The agreement also confirms an aspiration to reduce EQUATE's CO2 emissions per container transported with Maersk Line by 15 pct from 2017 to 2020. The collaboration has already decreased CO2 emissions by over 35 pct through investments in environmentally improved vessels, network optimization, space utilization and other innovative best practices. (Source: Maersk Line, Port News, 13 Feb., 2017)Contact: Equate Petrochemical,; Maersk Line,

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    Fuel Consumption Cuts Touted to Cut Maritime Emissions (Int'l)
    International Maritime Organisation
    Date: 2017-01-27
    According to the UK-headquartered Energy Technologies Institute's (ETI) new report HDV Marine Insights, maritime emissions could rise by as much as 250 pct by 2050 compared to 2011 levels unless action is taken. The report finds the greatest CO2 emissions come from tankers, bulk carriers and container ships and, as it does not appear credible to eliminate fossil-fuels for shipping, the best potential to achieve substantial CO2 reduction in the next few decades will be through reducing fuel consumption.

    The report analyses the UK shipping fleet, the potential opportunities for ship owners and operators and identifies the most promising technologies that could reduce fuel consumption economically. It states that a 30 pct fleet fuel consumption reduction can be achieved by using a combination of innovative technologies with an economic payback of around two years. (Source: Energy Technologies Institute, Hellenic Shipping News, Jan. 2017) Contact: Energy Technologies Institute, +44 1509 202020,

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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,; ICS, Esben Poulsson, Chairman, +44 20 7090 1460,

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    AkzoNobel Issues Maritime Record Carbon Credits (Ind. Report)
    AkzoNobel,Grimaldi Group
    Date: 2016-10-31
    Following on our Feb. 29th coverage, coatings specialist AkzoNobel reports that Naples-headquartered shipping company Grimaldi Group's 14 vessels using AkzoNobel's biocide-free Intersleek hull coating have received 109,617 carbon credits -- the largest ever issuance from AkzoNobel's carbon credits scheme. The credits are accumulated, calculated and verified in conjunction with the Gold Standard Foundation.

    According to AkzoNobel, the coating can improve vessel efficiency and reduce fuel consumption and emissions. Under the scheme, carbon credits are awarded for every tonne of verified CO2 that is saved and are currently valued in excess of $500,000 based on the current market.

    AkzoNobel claims the 4,500 vessels presently using biocide-free Intersleek have achieved total annual reductions of 17 million tonnes in carbon emissions -- equivalent to 1.5 pct of the shipping industry's global emissions. (Source: AkzoNobel,, 27 Oct., 2016) Contact: AkzoNobel, Oscar Wezenbeek, Managing Dir. Marine Coatings,; Gold Standard Foundation, +41 22 788 7080, Grimaldi Group,

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    IMO Members Seek Clear Maritime Emissions Target, Legislation (Int'l. Report)
    Maersk Line
    Date: 2016-10-26
    Maritime industry leaders Maersk, Unifeeder, Cargill and 48 other IMO members are reported to be calling for the London-based International Maritime Organization's (IMO) Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC 70) to set a clear, long-term and an ambitious emissions objective. They are also calling for the IMO to help secure increased maritime industry related environmental legislation.

    According to the group, it is time for the world to recognize the important role the global shipping industry must play in holding global temperatures "well below 2 degrees C." (Source: Maersk, Tanker Shipping & Trade, Others, 24 Oct., 2016) Contact: International Maritime Organization, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611,

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    IMO Members Urged to Drop World's Dirtiest Fuel (Ind. Report)
    IMO,Clean Arctic Alliance
    Date: 2016-10-26
    The London-based Clean Arctic Alliance is calling on members of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to end the use of heavy fuel oil (HFO) in Arctic waters. HFO is already banned throughout Antarctica, and in the national park waters around the Norwegian Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, leaving only a strictly regulated corridor for ships to access the islands.

    HFO, a toxic, tar-like sludge that breaks down extremely slowly in cold Arctic waters, is virtually impossible to clean up in the event of a spill and thus poses a severe risk to the Arctic marine environment, related industries and coastal communities.

    The burning of heavy fuel oil by ships emits significant quantities of black carbon, potent in accelerating the already rapid pace of Arctic climate change. In the Arctic atmosphere, black carbon absorbs heat from the sun and reflected heat from the snow and ice doubling the warming impact when it settles on the snow and ice surfaces. This increases the surface area of exposed, dark ocean water, and promotes a self-reinforcing cycle of land and sea ice melting and climate warming.

    The Clean Arctic Alliance members include: Bellona, Clean Air Task Force, Danish Ecological Council, Environmental Investigation Agency, European Climate Foundation, Friends of the Earth US, Icelandic Nature Conservation Association, Nature And Biodiversity Conservation Union, Ocean Conservancy, Pacific Environment, Seas At Risk, Transport & Environment and WWF. (Source: HFO Free Arctic Alliance, PR, 24 Oct., 2016) Contact: HFO-Free Arctic Campaign, Dave Walsh, Communications Advisor, +34 692 826 764, Sian Prior, Advisor, +44 7785 747945,

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    EP Rejects Maritime Shipping Emissions from EU ETS (Int'l)
    IMO,European Union,European Parliament
    Date: 2016-10-21
    The European Parliament EP) reports it has adopted its Industry Committee's report on the EU's emissions trading scheme (ETS) and stressed that the climate impact of maritime shipping should be regulated at UN level and not be included in the EU ETS. The report reflects that a regional, European approach would not be sustainable for shipping nor achieve significant emissions reductions.

    The London-based International Maritime Organization (IMO), which meets later this month, will be the next shipping industry group to weigh-in on how to best cut shipping CO2-emissions at the international level. (Source: Motor Ship, Marine Links, Others, 19 Oct., 2016) Contact: IMO, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611,

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