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Waivers will undermine the Arctic UFO Ban

Clean Arctic Alliance Responds to Russian Opt-out from Heavy Fuel Oil Ban, Raises Concerns Over Canada’s Implementation

“Canada must rapidly develop its Arctic HFO ban implementation plan”, said Sam Davin, Senior Specialist, Marine Conservation & Shipping at WWF Canada.
Tackling ships’ black carbon emissions in the Arctic through EU action

Clean Arctic Alliance Response to FuelEU Maritime Regulation Vote

EU’s proposed FuelEU Maritime Regulation fails to protect the Arctic from the impact of shipping black carbon emissions. Despite the EU’s Arctic strategy supporting efforts to reduce black carbon emissions and promoting faster and more ambitious emission reductions for Arctic shipping, the EU’s supposed 'landmark' agreement ignores black carbon - 20% of shipping’s climate impact
Growth in Arctic shipping is Bad News and the result of a destabilised Arctic Environment

Sea Ice Minimum: Arctic Shipping Lull Is Opportunity to Cut Sea Ice and Climate Impacts

"There is no time for complacency. With a reported lull in international transit traffic passing through the Arctic’s Northern Sea Route this season, Arctic and other governments must seize the opportunity to massively crank up climate action on shipping, including by implementing green shipping corridors throughout the Arctic, to ensure ships moving through these waters considerably lower their impact on both sea ice and Arctic ecosystems, and on the global climate."
Arctic Climate Crisis: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

UN Shipping Agency Still Stalling on Immediate Climate Action, Despite Alarm Bells

“This week the IMO squandered an opportunity to reduce shipping’s impact on the climate and on the Arctic, by failing to make progress on effective short-term measures which would kick-start reductions in CO2 and immediately cut black carbon emissions”, said Dr Sian Prior, Lead Advisor to the Clean Arctic Alliance, made up of 20 not-for-profit organisations.
Exhaust emissions from Marine Diesel - Photo: Jonathan Eastland/Ajax/Alamy

MEPC 78: NGOs Demand IMO Kick-Starts Shipping Decarbonisation to Cut Arctic Melt

June 6th Webinar: Webinar: Rising temperatures, rising seas – IPCC’s 6th assessment reports, climate vulnerable communities and shipping action London June 6th, 2022:- As a meeting of the International Maritime Organization’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (IMO, MEPC 78, June 6-10) opens today, the Clean Arctic Alliance called on the IMO to deliver urgent action to curb climate impacts on the Arctic, by delivering meaningful short-term measures that would kick-start dramatic reductions in global greenhouse gas and black carbon emissions from shipping this decade. The IMO is set to address short-term measures to reduce GHG emissions, mid-term measures including strengthening the
Arctic Climate Crisis: Black Carbon Emissions

UN Shipping Body IMO Fails On Black Carbon, Lives Up To Reputation For Climate Inaction

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.
Arctic Climate Crisis: Black Carbon Emissions

PPR 9: Governments Must Cut Shipping’s Black Carbon Emissions to Save the Arctic

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.
Underwater Noise

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.
Underwater Noise

NGOs Call on Shipping Industry to Reduce Underwater Noise to Protect 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.
Exhaust emissions from Marine Diesel - Photo: Jonathan Eastland/Ajax/Alamy

NGOs Welcome IMO Agreement to Cut Black Carbon Impacts on Arctic

The Clean Arctic Alliance today welcomed the adoption of an International Maritime Organization (IMO) resolution to cut the climate impacts of black carbon emissions by shipping on the Arctic, but expressed disappointment in the watering down of its substance in order to reach consensus and placate a small but vocal group of opposing countries.