This document provides the list of actions requested of the Committee on matters emanating from PPR 9
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
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.
Shipping body to consider calls to limit its emissions of black carbon and scrubber discharges
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.
PPR 9 Briefing Video: How to Reduce Arctic Shipping’s Black Carbon Emissions and Scrubber Discharges
What: A Clean Arctic Alliance online briefing ahead of PPR 9 (45 mins) Why: The IMO’s sub-committee on Pollution Prevention & Response meets 4 – 8 April When: Thursday 31st March 2022 1600 BST (UK time), 1700 CEST, 1100 EDT What are the implications of the recent Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report for the IMO’s work on air pollution? What are the priorities for IMO member states regarding the curbing of black carbon emissions and scrubber wastewater discharges on the Arctic, the climate and the world’s ocean? Download slides here
When PPR 9 meets this April, it must agree on ambitious and urgent global action to dramatically reduce ship-source black carbon emissions this decade, mitigating the impact of black carbon on the Arctic, and helping slow the impact of the climate crisis on the Arctic. But this isn’t a job just for the IMO; individual states and regions must respond to the IMO’s encouragement by taking immediate action of their own to cut ship black carbon emissions.
Infographic: Growth in Arctic shipping is Bad News and the result of a destabilised Arctic Environment
The Arctic is warming 3 times faster than the rest of our planet. The shipping industry must rapidly reduce CO2 and black carbon emissions and their effect on the Arctic. Reversing the loss of the Arctic ice sheet, glaciers and sea ice is critical to the future of Arctic wildlife, communities and the planet.
This document highlights the need for urgent action to reduce ship Black Carbon emissions impacting the Arctic. The key to reducing Black Carbon emissions is the adoption of binding measures including those aimed at improving the quality of the fuels used on board ships.