IMO hits out at EU plan to extend carbon trading to shipping
THE International Maritime Organization's Secretary General Kitack Lim has slammed the European Union's Emission Trading System saying it could undermine efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from shipping on a global basis, after IMO efforts to cut such emissions has "reached an advanced stage."
Mr Lim said in a letter to the heads of the European Parliament, Commission and Council: "A final decision to extend the EU-ETS to shipping emissions would not only be premature, but would seriously impact on the work of IMO to address GHG emissions from international shipping."
The IMO said a suite of technical and operational requirements for new and existing vessels entered into force in 2013. Last October it "adopted a system for collecting data on ships' fuel-oil consumption, which will be mandatory and will apply globally."
The organisation said: "This will be the first in a three-step approach leading to an informed decision on whether any further measures are needed to enhance energy efficiency and address GHG emissions from international shipping. If so, policy options would then be considered.
The IMO also said, reported the American Shipper, it has "approved a 'roadmap' for developing a comprehensive strategy on reduction of GHG emissions from ships, which foresees an initial GHG strategy being adopted in 2018."