• 2019 June 19

    ICS Chairman, Esben Poulsson

    On CO2 reduction measures

    - It is imperative that IMO Member States adopt a new global regulation to mandate further short term CO2 reduction measures at the next session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee in 2020.  This should deliver further CO2 reductions by 2023 to help us meet the IMO target set for 2030.  We will work with a broad coalition of governments to produce a comprehensive proposal that can be submitted to IMO in September this year.

    The core of this proposal will be the Super SEEMP concept, whereby shipping companies globally will have to demonstrate they are doing absolutely everything possible to reduce fuel consumption, strictly enforced via flag state audits of Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plans.  But we also agreed to incorporate elements of the many other good proposals made by governments at the last round of IMO discussions on CO2 reduction in May.

    By coming forward with an early proposal for immediate adoption we wish to support continuing IMO leadership on GHG emissions and quickly incentivise further action by shipping companies.  We do not wish to limit proper consideration of other ideas such as speed reduction or the use of new CO2 reduction technologies. 

    Said during the ICS Annual General Meeting in the Faroe Islands. Cited by ICS.