IMO meeting criticized for postponing tough discussion

This week, EU's member states approached a meeting in the IMO with the aim to increase the possibility of sanctioning vessels that do not reduce their short-term emissions. But the outcome of the meeting was disappointing and is criticized for postponing difficult discussions.

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A coordinated effort between EU's member states was supposed to guarantee that the bar was set as high as possible during this week's climate negotiations in the IMO. But the outcome of the negotiations is cause for disappointment and now faces criticism from both industry players and NGOs.

This week's negotiations took place during a so-called intersessional meeting. The virtual talks were a sort of pre-meeting ahead of the upcoming meeting in the IMO's environmental committee, MEPC, next month. One of the most important meetings in years, where carbon reductions are at the top of the agenda.

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