IMO has tentatively agreed to make some new ships more efficient, but that’s on hold to address equity concerns. What does this mean for emissions and for further efforts to reduce climate pollution from ships?
If China wants to maximize the benefit of its emission area control zones, it should go beyond its own territorial waters.
IMO and ICAO, the sister UN agencies governing international shipping and aviation, have both struck global deals on greenhouse gas emissions. But why, oh why ICAO, can’t you be more like your sister?
Progress in establishing a cap on GHG emissions from shipping has been slow going. But, last week, the IMO finally passed a resolution on the first global climate framework for international shipping.
The International Chamber of Shipping says that because our recent study shows that shipping emissions remain below their 2008 peak, not to worry. That's an overly rosy view of the data.
As the International Maritime Organization meets again in London to discuss a sectoral cap on greenhouse gas emissions, we revisit the complexity of how to assign responsibility for shipping emissions. Both countries that offshore their shipping emissions, and the flag states that absorb them, are identified. We close with a few useful principles for policymakers.