In a serious blow to the Arctic and the fight to stop global heating, the UN’s International Maritime Organisation (IMO), responsible for regulating international shipping, has firmly rejected the pleas of all of those crying out for ambitious climate action.
A series of exemptions and waivers would mean a complete HFO ban would only come into effect in mid-2029, which campaigners the Clean Arctic Alliance said would amount to “endorsing continued arctic pollution”.
The Marine Environment Protection Committee signed off on a ban on the use and carriage of heavy fuel oil in Arctic waters from 2024. Green groups say it has too many loopholes to achieve much.
Civil society groups have lambasted the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for failing to take action on the Arctic climate crisis, after plans to reduce black carbon emissions from shipping in the Arctic were bumped off the agenda of its Marine Environment Protection Committee meeting (MEPC 76), which ended today.
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"We in the Arctic are convinced that the Arctic is clearly in crisis and the change is happening rapidly, beyond comparison in human history or in our indigenous knowledge"
An ambitious and effective short term GHG measure consistent with the Paris Agreement temperature goals is needed, as is immediate action to cut black carbon emissions from ships in or near the Arctic.
Infographic: International Shipping emissions contribute to global climate heating and Arctic sea ice melting
If shipping was a country it would be the 6th biggest emitter of CO2.
The IMO’s Arctic HFO Regulation will not protect the Arctic for nearly a decade.