The crucial upcoming talks next week on greenhouse gases at the IMO are being watched closely by the customers of the shipping industry. Many big name shippers are under intense pressure to reduce CO2 emissions in their supply chains, and want the shipping industry to decarbonise fast, according to Denis Choumert, chairman of the European Shippers’ Council.
“We would like to see a commitment on the capping of emissions this year, like ICAO in the air industry. Up to now this has not been discussed. They should put some figures on the table this year, 2021 or 2022 is too late. The commitment from the industry should come sooner,” Choumert said in an interview emailed to Splash.
“They [the IMO] have enough information about potential of new ships, new motors, to decrease emissions per tonne for each cargo. They should be able to process what can be achieved,” Choumert continued.
The shippers boss said shipping should be set a target of 2035 to decarbonise, the same as the EU target for emissions reduction of inland transport.
Next week is the 72nd gathering of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) at IMO’s London headquarters, a meeting viewed as crucial for the future of the industry. Splash will be providing readers with extensive coverage from MEPC.