UK climate committee urges IMO to make 2050 GHG goals more strict

International shipping and aviation are likely to be included in the UK’s greenhouse gas plans to be net zero by 2050. 

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has given a progress report on how well the UK is proceeding in cutting emissions in which it urges for shipping and aviation to be formally included in the UK climate goals and for the UK to put pressure on the International Maritime Organization to make its own 2050 targets more strict.

The IMO’s targets would see shipping emissions halve 30 years from now compared to 2008 levels. 

Shipping accounted for 3% of UK emissions last year according to the CCC.

The committee said Britain must “build on the Clean Maritime Plan to develop incentives for zero-carbon ammonia and hydrogen supply chains”.

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. The UK CCC is an unelected body with no executive powers. It seems hell bent on moving to an untenabl;e and impractical zero emissions position irrespective of the costs and implications.. it is full of eco-warriors and golden pheasants n oe of whom seem to have any real contact with reality. Their previous utterances and constant badgering on emissions (including humans and animals plus urgings to adopt a vegan diet just make them seem moreludicrous.

    As the piece indicated shipping accounts for 3% of emissions (how was this measured?). Compareed to aviation, trucking and cars it is insignificant. The bigger sources of emissions need to be addressed. In unit terms shipping is a very efficient user of fuel.

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