ESPO believes that the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee’s (MEPC) next gathering will be an important milestone.
During the meeting, which is taking place from 24-28 October, two important issues are set to be discussed.
Firstly, the further policy measures for the shipping sector in terms of CO2 reduction and climate change. It will also discuss the postponement, or non-postponement, of the global 0.5% sulphur cap foreseen in 2020.
ESPO states that: “Even if shipping is still the most energy efficient transport mode, the shipping sector must contribute to achieving the global climate change reduction target.”
It acknowledges that previously adopted tools such as the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) and the Ships Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP) are steps in the right direction. Although it believes that more needs to be done at international level on setting concrete emission reduction targets.
The statement continued: “The current land-based efforts European ports are making to reduce the carbon footprint of port activities must be accompanied without further delay by sea-based efforts.”
European ports believe that the deadline of 2020 for introducing a global cap of 0.5% sulphur content in marine fuels must be maintained.
ESPO explained that limiting sulphur exhaust emissions can have an enormous impact on the local air quality, and thus mean a big step forward for the maritime and port industry. It said maintaining 2020, IMO can show that an ambitious greening agenda is possible at global level.
The statement concluded: “ESPO strongly believes that IMO is by far the right level to address the issue and to find a solution.”
“At the same time, European ports believe that the current progress at IMO level is not good enough. Concrete steps need to be taken so that shipping takes up its share of the global emissions reduction effort.”