IMO meeting pleases shipowners but disappoints environmentalists

The outcome of the meeting of the IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee was positive, if you ask shipowners. But when asking the NGOs, it was a big failure that was unable to deliver a response to the question of how shipping will comply with the COP21 targets.

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"IMO takes decisive climate step." Or: "Shipping's answer to Paris accord fails to materialize." The interpretation of last week's meetings in the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO), regarding how shipping will respond to the climate accord in Paris in December, varies immensely depending on whom you ask.

Several parties are critical of the fact that the member nations in the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) did not make progress on a more detailed plan for how shipping will reduce CO2 emissions. At the same time, many others acknowledge that there was success in terms of the reporting system for vessel fuel consumption, which will map out the annual greenhouse gas emissions for ships.

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