IMO head makes case for lead role in cutting shipping emissions

Lim Kitack, secretary-general of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) made his position clear at the start of the crucial 70th gathering of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) yesterday, stating that IMO is best placed to hammer out any regulations for how shipping goes about reducing its carbon footprint.

MEPC is meeting in London this week under pressure from many sides to find solutions to get shipping to reduce its emissions.

Lim addressed delegates ahead of the opening session, saying: I am very much encouraged to see the spirit of the Paris Agreement alive here at IMO, with Member States showing their willingness to work collaboratively for the greater good. This shows the organization’s strong commitment, as the global regulator of the shipping industry, to continue its work to address GHG emissions from ships engaged in international trade.”

Splash will be reporting from MEPC70 all week.

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.
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