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,”
Shipping body to consider calls to limit its emissions of black carbon and scrubber discharges
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.
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.
Business Green: IMO Climate Talks: UN shipping body takes action on black carbon, but refuses to revisit 2050 climate target
By Cecilia Keating on BusinessGreen, 26 November 2021: IMO Climate Talks: UN shipping body takes action on black carbon, but refuses to revisit 2050 climate target (Paywall, quotes Clean Arctic Alliance)
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.
“It’s excellent that [black carbon] has got so high on the political agenda in the US,” Sian Prior, lead advisor to the Clean Arctic Alliance, told Climate Home News. “In terms of shipping the news is not so good. Black carbon emissions have been going up by 85% between 2015-2019 in the Arctic."