Russia's invasion of Ukraine casts a shadow over IMO's next climate meeting

In a month, the IMO’s climate committee will be at it again: trying to agree on regulation limiting shipping’s carbon emissions. Apparently, the task has not gotten easier. Two of the five main topics on the agenda may, however, be agreed upon.

The Russian army guarding the port of Mariupol. | Photo: Andrey Borodulin/AFP/Ritzau Scanpix

It hasn’t been easy for the UN’s International Maritime Organization (IMO) to agree upon climate regulation aiming to address the problem with the shipping industry’s carbon emissions.

The only real initiatives coming out of recent years’ meetings in the organization’s climate committee are Carbon Intensity Indicators (CII) and the Energy Efficiency Existing Ships Index (EEXI) – indices for, respectively, operation and design of existing ships which global shipping has to adhere to after the turn of the year. However, skepticism prevails regarding the initiatives, even among advocates. At least as long as they remain off the record.

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