Greenhouse gas stalemate at MEPC

Splash understands that with just hours to go no short-term greenhouse gas (GHG) cutting measures are likely to be thrashed out by close of play at the 74th gathering of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) meeting which concludes today at the London headquarters of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

The GHG debate is set to take centre stage on Friday but already the convenors of MEPC are suggesting that no measures will be agreed upon today, with any decision likely to be taken at MEPC 75, set to take place in 12 months’ time.

Delegates in London are discussing a range of short-term measures to implement in order to meet IMO targets to cut emissions by 40% compared to 2008 levels by 2030, however the discussions have become bogged down over stalemates relating to procedural matters, likely to infuriate the many NGOs attending MEPC.

Among the key topics for discussion today are proposals put forward by Greece and France to institute speed limit regulations for merchant shipping.

Splash will be providing a full report of the key agreements from MEPC later today.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.


  1. Deeply worrying if this turns out to be correct Sam. IMO worked hard to get its initial target last year. But unless we see concrete action on short term measure now, the mountain just becomes ever steeper to climb.


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