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Monday, November 11, 2019 

Ahead of the upcoming meeting of IMO, UK Chamber of Shipping Policy Director Anna Ziou has said: "No time to lose! The IMO should give clear direction on the preferred short-term measures to cut emissions."

The UK Chamber of Shipping has put tackling climate change at the top of its agenda. But shipping is a global industry which requires global collaboration and global initiatives. Last year, IMO countries reached a milestone agreement to limit carbon emissions from shipping through the adoption of the initial Green House Gas (GHG) Strategy.

IMO is meeting to discuss short-term measures that will start delivering on its climate commitment deal by 2023. The meeting will see proposals from countries and organisations, many of which are built on previous submissions ranging from speed restrictions to goal-based approaches, including things like propeller upgrades and innovative paints.

The UK Chamber of Shipping will table proposals that would allow flexibility, a level-paying field, reward early movers and incentivises innovation to help cut emissions. The Chamber will continue to push its argument that slow shipping is not the answer to cutting emissions. If ships are forced to slow down, we may need more vessels to transport the goods we need. This would increase carbon emissions. The industry needs international regulations that encourage innovation and technological advancement to help reduce emissions, not a blanket reduction in shipping speed.

The majority of IMO countries have expressed clear support for a goal-based approach. "There are encouraging signs that the IMO is likely to support a goal-based approach at this session as well," said Ziou."However, it should not prolong indecision but signal at this meeting about the direction of travel. The clock is ticking. The IMO meeting is a key opportunity to demonstrate the commitment in its GHG ambition."

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