The EU Commission's climate proposal for shipping immediately came into crossfire from the industry and environmental organizations. Both sides are heavily critical of the proposal, albeit with different objectives.
IMO's target for 2030 is inadequate if the shipping industry's greenhouse gases are to be halted, says climate researcher Tristan Smith and NGO Transport & Environment. They call for political action now.
Old tricks found their way to the IMO during last week's meeting of the Marine Environment Protection Committee, MEPC, says NGO Transport & Environment, which voices harsh criticism of the efforts to curb shipping's greenhouse gas emissions. Low-hanging fruits were left hanging, say some, while major stakeholders are pleased with the outcome.
A new study carried out by a UK analyst firm suggests LNG is not the climate-friendly fuel solution many believe it to be, and which the EU has invested billions of euros in. Quite the opposite, in fact.
Major shipping nations such as Malta, Greece and Cyprus are among the European nations with the lowest climate ambitions in terms of securing a climate agreement for the sector, says the NGO Transport & Environment.
Container ship newbuilds already largely comply with the environmental requirements for ship designs set to come into force after 2025. The requirements should be tightened, to create incentive to use new technology, says the NGO Transport & Environment.
Brussels-based NGO Transport & Environment criticizes IMO's MEPC for its decision to monitor ships' CO2 emissions. "The IMO process has proved to be too slow and has delivered too little and too late," the NGO tells ShippingWatch.