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Sea ice in the Arctic, photograph by Dave Walsh

With Arctic Winter Sea Ice at Annual Low, Urgent Need to Slash Shipping Emissions

“The devastating news that the Arctic sea ice maximum has reached one of the lowest extents recorded must drive an urgent and rapid slashing of emissions - particularly black carbon - from all sectors, including international shipping”, said Dr Sian Prior, Lead Advisor to the Clean Arctic Alliance.
Tackling ships’ black carbon emissions in the Arctic through EU action

Is the EU About to Ignore the Impact of Shipping’s Black Carbon Emissions in the Arctic?

"The EU’s Fit for 55 Fuel EU Maritime Regulation outcome being discussed in Strasbourg this week already fails to include a provision to regulate black carbon emissions, the largest source of shipping’s climate warming impact after CO2 - cutting any mention of doing so in the future is not only deplorable, it makes a complete mockery of the EU’s own commitments made in its 2021 Arctic Strategy to lead the world on reducing Arctic ship pollution."
Underwater Noise

SDC9: Progress on Shipping’s Underwater Noise Impact Welcomed, But IMO Falls Short of Immediate Action

The Clean Arctic Alliance today welcomed progress made this week by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to address the impact of underwater noise from ships on marine wildlife, but warned that further delay in the development of an action program clearly setting out next steps - including compulsory measures - will prevent significant action that would decrease vessel noise in our oceans
Underwater Noise

SDC9: NGOS Call on UN Shipping Body Reduce to Underwater Noise Impact on Marine Life

The IMO must this week agree on an effective program of action and next steps to mitigate underwater noise from ships
Infographic: Fast Track to Climate Disaster: Approaching Tipping Points leading to cascading and irreversible impacts

IMO: As Momentum Builds, NGOs Call for Concrete Proposals To Reduce Black Carbon Impact on Arctic

As MEPC 79 closed in London, the Clean Arctic Alliance welcomed progress to reduce the impact of GHGs and black carbon emissions from shipping on the Arctic, but called on IMO member states to act decisively to regulate black carbon emissions
Infographic: Climate Threat to the Arctic. Rapid warming and extreme temperatures causing...

MEPC 79: Slashing Black Carbon Emissions Would Cut Shipping’s Climate Impact This Decade

“Shipping’s climate impact must halve by 2030 if global heating is to be kept below the Paris Agreement’s limit of 1.5 degrees, and action on black carbon is essential if the industry is to reach this objective”
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.