As a meeting of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) - its Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 80, July 3-7) - closed today in London, the Clean Arctic Alliance expressed dismay that the actions discussed and agreed this week will not be enough to save the Arctic from the climate impact of global shipping.
“The shipping sector has the power to rapidly reduce its emissions of black carbon - what’s needed now is the political will”.
Media Briefing: At MEPC 80, the Shipping Sector Must Set Course for 50% Emission Cuts by 2023 – Including Black Carbon
Clean Arctic Alliance Media Briefing Ahead of MEPC 80: 3-7 July 2023
Increasing Arctic shipping brings increasing risks and threats – with emissions of black carbon and of greenhouse gases from vessels contributing to the climate crisis. Yet, this threat can be greatly reduced. The shipping sector has the power to quickly reduce emissions of black carbon.
Shipping emissions significantly impact the climate, human health and ocean biodiversity. Emission Control Areas (ECAs) are designed to reduce atmospheric pollutants from ships by requiring more stringent controls on fuels and engines while operating in the ECA.
The International Cryosphere Climate Initiative, the Inuit Circumpolar Council and Clean Arctic Alliance today call on the international shipping sector to halve its climate impact this decade by slashing CO2 and black carbon emissions, in response to a new study published in Nature Communications which predicts the Arctic having ice free summers in coming decades.
UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) negotiations, kicking off June 26 in London, UK, could either set the course for a comprehensive global climate plan for the shipping industry or derail the Paris Agreement to limit a global temperature increase of 1.5 °C.
This document responds to MEPC 80/9, the outcome of PPR 10, and the invitation for interested Member States and international organizations to work intersessionally on further developing proposals on potential Black Carbon (BC) control measures and to submit those to PPR 11. It provides additional information to support the further consideration and development of potential BC control measure proposals.
This document responds to discussions on the geographic scope of effective Black Carbon emission reduction measures aimed at protecting the Arctic. It provides information to aid discussion and facilitate an informed determination on the geographic scope, and recommends that measures must apply to ships operating throughout the wider Arctic area.
MEPC 80/16/6: Emission Control Areas – a feasible, replicable pathway to achieving considerable emissions reductions and protecting human health and the environment
This document welcomes the declarations of intent from Canada for the designation of an Emission Control Area (ECA) in Canadian Arctic waters, and from the North-East Atlantic Ocean littoral states for the designation of an ECA in their waters as vital steps towards tackling harmful shipping emissions