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MEPC 79-14-1 - Proposal for a revision to MARPOL Annex I regulation 43A on the special requirements for the use and carriage of oils as fuels in Arctic waters

MEPC 79/14/1: Proposal for a revision to MARPOL Annex I regulation 43A on the special requirements for the use and carriage of oils as fuels in Arctic waters

This document draws attention to the likelihood that only 30 per cent of the heavy fuel oil (HFO) being carried in Arctic waters and 16 per cent of the HFO being used in Arctic waters will be prohibited from 1 July 2024 when the provisions of MARPOL Annex I regulation 43A take effect. The limited impact of the prohibition on the use and carriage of HFO is highlighted as being due to exemptions which would apply to 22 per cent of ships and the opportunity for Arctic coastal nations to issue waivers to up to 53 per cent of ships operating in the Arctic (based on 2019 Arctic shipping patterns). It proposes that regulation 43A be amended to increase its effectiveness in protecting the Arctic from HFO.
MEPC 79-7-20 - Climate science, cascading tipping points, the Initial IMO GHG Strategy, and urgent action on shipping to reduce climate risks

MEPC 79/7/20: Climate science, cascading tipping points, the Initial IMO GHG Strategy, and urgent action on shipping to reduce climate risks

This document outlines recent scientific evidence on the risks of triggering cascading climate tipping points from climate heating and makes recommendations for urgent near-term actions that will contribute to limiting global heating to below 1.5°C to mitigate these risks.
MEPC 79-5-5 - Amending MARPOL Annex VI to Reduce the Impact on the Arctic of Emissions of Black Carbon

MEPC 79/5/5: Amending MARPOL Annex VI to Reduce the Impact on the Arctic of Emissions of Black Carbon

This document recalls MEPC’s commitment over eleven years ago at MEPC 62 to address the impact of Black Carbon emissions on the Arctic and outlines an approach to amend MARPOL Annex VI to incorporate a requirement for ships to only use marine distillate fuel or other cleaner alternative fuels or methods of propulsion that are safe for ships when operating in or near to the Arctic.
MEPC 79-5-3 - EGCS and UNCLOS

MEPC 79/5/3: EGCS and UNCLOS

This document outlines how the discharge of wastes from Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (EGCS) into the marine environment as an alternative compliance mechanism for SOx emissions appears to raise issues of inconsistency with the law of the sea obligations of States to protect and preserve the marine environment, and the suggested steps to address the likely inconsistencies.
Letter to Nordic Environment and Climate Ministers

Letter to Nordic Environment and Climate Ministers on Arctic Green Shipping Corridors

The Clean Arctic Alliance, and members Iceland Nature Conservation Association, (INCA) and Green Transition Denmark, welcome the agreement signed by Nordic climate and environment ministers in May, to work together to establish Green Corridors for emission-free shipping between ports in the Nordic Region, along with the pilot project mapping specific intra-Nordic shipping routes for emission-free shipping.
REDUCTION OF GHG EMISSIONS FROM SHIPS IPCC AR6 Climate Change 2022: Mitigation of Climate Change

MEPC 78/7/27: Reduction of GHG Emissions from Ships – IPCC AR6 Climate Change 2022 – Mitigation of Climate Change

This document comments on document MEPC 78/7/18 (WWF et al.) and draws attention to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Changeʹs (IPCC) publication Mitigation of Climate Change, the third report of the Sixth Assessment Cycle (AR6), and to the accompanying words of the UN Secretary-General, which add further impetus to the recommendations contained in document MEPC 78/7/18.
MEPC 78-9-1 - Outcome of PPR 9 (Secretariat)

MEPC 78/9/1: Outcome of PPR 9 Note by the Secretariat

This document provides the list of actions requested of the Committee on matters emanating from PPR 9
MEPC 78-11-1 - Proposal to designate the Mediterranean Sea, as a whole, as an Emission Control Area for S... (CSC)

MEPC 78/11/1 – Proposal to designate the Mediterranean Sea, as a whole, as an Emission Control Area for Sulphur Oxides

This document welcomes the proposal submitted by all coastal States of the Mediterranean Sea, all Member States of the European Union and the European Commission in document MEPC 78/11 (Albania et al.) to designate the Mediterranean Sea, as a whole, as an Emission Control Area (ECA) for Sulphur Oxides. The designation of a MED SOx ECA will improve air quality and provide health benefits for millions of residents as well as for nature, agriculture, and heritage conservation. This document supports a quick agreement on, and implementation of, an ECA for SOx emissions in the Mediterranean Sea as a whole.
MEPC 78/7/18: Reduction of GHG Emissions From Ship, Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability

MEPC 78/7/19: Proposal for how to calculate Well-to-Wake carbon dioxide equivalent emissions using both GWP100 and GWP20 for comparative purposes as part of the LCA guidelines

This document contains a concrete proposal for how to calculate Well-to-Wake carbon dioxide equivalent emissions from marine fuels using both 100-year Global Warming Potential (GWP100) and 20-year Global Warming Potential (GWP20) for comparative purposes as part of the IMO LCA guidelines
MEPC 78/7/18: Reduction of GHG Emissions From Ship, Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability

MEPC 78/7/18: Reduction of GHG Emissions From Ships, Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability

This document draws attention to the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Changeʹs (IPCC) publication of the second part of three working group reports published as part of the Sixth Assessment Cycle. The Working Group II report entitled Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability focuses on the physical science basis of climate change. The Committee is invited to note the findings from the report, together with the views of the co-sponsors, and is urged to support the urgent action outline.