For too long, the IMO has been out of step with other UN agencies on climate change and is in effect acting as a rogue element within the UN system … The IMO must face up to its responsibilities, putting its priorities in line with the UN on climate change, and use the collective political power and technological know-how of the shipping industry to … drastically limit shipping’s contribution to the global climate crisis,” said Dr Sian Prior, lead advisor to the Clean Arctic Alliance.
As climate crisis allows new maritime routes to be used, sooty shipping emissions accelerates ice melt and risk to ecosystems
“The IMO has this week completely failed to take any significant steps or agree any action which would see significant reductions in black carbon emissions from shipping and its warming impact on the Arctic,”
A week that opened with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres lambasting governments and industry for their climate inaction, and the IPCC’s Climate Mitigation report criticising the poor climate governance of international shipping, is set to close with the UN’s shipping agency, the IMO, again kicking climate concerns into the long grass, by failing to reduce the climate impacts on the Arctic from the black carbon emissions responsible for 20% of shipping’s climate impact, said the Clean Arctic Alliance today.
Shipping body to consider calls to limit its emissions of black carbon and scrubber discharges
At PPR9, NGO demand that IMO slash shipping's impact of black carbon emissions on the Arctic by requiring a switch to distillate or alternative cleaner fuels or methods of propulsion for vessels operating in or near Arctic waters.
The UN’s International Maritime Organization (IMO) must take responsibility for ensuring that shipping steps up to this demand for action. Next month’s meeting of the IMO (PPR9) provides such an opportunity - during this meeting, IMO member states must agree to dramatically reduce ship-source black carbon emissions this decade.
NGOs Welcome Initial Steps But Demand Greater Urgency On Reducing Underwater Noise Pollution and its effect On Marine Life
The Clean Arctic Alliance welcomed SDC 8's recognition that non-mandatory nature of 8-year-old IMO guidelines on underwater noise pollution from ships is a key barrier to their implementation, and called for mandatory measures to reduce the impact of underwater noise on marine wildlife, including whales, dolphins and fish.
Barents Observer/Eye on the Arctic: Shipping industry needs to do more to lessen underwater noise in Arctic, say NGOs
As the International Maritime Organization (IMO) sub-committee meeting on ship design (SDC 8) and construction got underway this week, a group of international NGOs is calling for the maritime industry to do more to reduce underwater noise disturbances to marine life.
As a meeting of the International Maritime Organization’s Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction (SDC 8) opens today, the Clean Arctic Alliance called on the IMO to take action to ensure that the direct impact of noise from vessels on the health of marine wildlife, including whales, dolphins and fish is meaningfully reduced.