Theresa May puts pressure on IMO to ensure shipping decarbonises

Theresa May, the embattled departing British prime minister, ensured today her legacy will not solely be remembered by her failure to handle the country’s exit from the European Union.

The UK government today put into law a net zero carbon target for 2050, becoming the first country in the world to make such an ambitious comittment.

However, the detailed plan to move the country to net zero carbon makes allowances for both aviation and shipping. The government stated that further analysis and international dialogue is needed for both industries. The May administration stated that “for now” the government will give “headroom” for international aviation and shipping, leaving the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to champion decarbonisation for the sector at “the appropriate pace”.

“We have made huge progress in growing our economy and the jobs market while slashing emissions,” May said today. “Now is the time to go further and faster to safeguard the environment for our children. We must lead the world to a cleaner, greener form of growth.”

Britain has been pushing ahead with plans to make the country a leader in maritime decarbonisation.

Minister for maritime Nusrat Ghani leads the Clean Maritime Council, launched last year to devise a strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the sector to improve air quality on and around the country’s waterways, ports and shipping lanes.

Air pollution is the fourth greatest threat to UK public health after cancer, heart disease and obesity. In 2016, domestic shipping accounted for 11% of the country’s nitrogen oxide emissions.

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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