Norway’s government and its shipowners have made their position clear on shipping greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as heated debate continues at the London headquarters of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) over the future of the industry.
Harald Solberg, head of the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association, held a joint news conference with trade minister Torbjoern Rooe Isaksen in Oslo yesterday in which the pair said shipping should halve its GHG emissions by 2050.
Next week sees the 72nd gathering of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) at the IMO with GHG legislation high up on the agenda.
“Emissions should be reduced by 50% towards 2050 compared to 2008,” Solberg said yesterday, adding: “In the same period demand will increase by maybe 60%, so in absolute terms it’s more than a half.”
“We need international rules … our base line is the same as the Norwegian Shipowners (to cut emissions by 50 percent towards 2050),” trade minister Isaksen told Reuters at the press conference.
“We hope the IMO will agree on these ambitious emission targets. That is the only solution, if not we fear regional solutions, and that will not work,” Solberg added.
In preparation for the upcoming MEPC, this week has seen the intersessional working group on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from ships meeting at IMO’s London headquarters. Splash understands debate has been more heated than normal, with Brazil and Saudi Arabia making the most vocal calls to water down the timing and severity of any GHG emission cutting goals.