be a mistake to place responsibility for meeting IMO’s zero emission shipping
targets fully on the shoulders of the shipping industry, warns INTERCARGO, as
the International Maritime Organization’s Marine Environment Protection
Committee meeting (IMO’s MEPC 78) debates steps to meet IMO ambitions for zero
emission shipping by 2050.
Global challenges require global
Tarasis, Vice-Chairman of INTERCARGO says: “Global challenges require global
solutions, but it must be remembered that the commercial development of these
solutions is within the direct control of other stakeholders and not
shipowners. Such a target requires a drastic and urgently needed acceleration
in the commercial development of the required technologies, fuels, propulsion
systems and related infrastructure.
The net-zero target will only be
plausible if governments take the necessary action to achieve this at IMO
“Whilst INTERCARGO fully supports the drive
and the ambition to achieve zero emission shipping by 2050, it urges
governments to adopt the necessary measures to accelerate R&D of
zero-carbon technologies and expedite their deployment. The net-zero target
will only be plausible if governments take the necessary action to achieve this
A global levy on carbon emissions
not to jeopardise the 2050 target, INTERCARGO calls for immediate approval of the
industry proposal for the establishment of an International Maritime Research
and Development Board and an IMO Maritime Research Fund. In the medium term, it
stresses the need for a global levy on carbon emissions from ships as a Market
Based Measure, to accelerate the uptake and deployment of zero-carbon
technologies and fuels.
INTERCARGO believes that without
the above concrete actions, it will be premature to revise intermediate targets
for 2030 or indeed for any subsequent year beyond. INTERCARGO fully supports
the IMO in meeting the shared, global challenge of delivering on the shipping
industry’s decarbonisation agenda and, in representing dry bulk ship owners,
managers and operators, invites IMO to take action as needed.