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The regulatory timeline update gives a usefull overview on all of the below – see here.

Greenhouse Gas – CO2 emissions

Shipping is by definition an international activity and IMO is the appropriate body to address its global challenges. INTERCARGO has been participating actively in the development of GHG reduction measures at IMO and in close cooperation with the other International Shipping Associations (see e.g. submission to MEPC 71 here).

At IMO’s 70th Marine Environment Protection Committee in October 2016 (MEPC 70), IMO approved by consensus, among other initiatives, a responsible roadmap for developing a comprehensive strategy on reducing GHG emissions from ships, through to a 2023 horizon (see here). INTERCARGO has also not failed to remind on any occasion that IMO was first in addressing GHG emissions by adopting as early as 2013 technical and operational requirements for new and existing vessels, making mandatory the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) for new ships and the Ship Energy Efficiency Plan (SEEMP) for all ships.
Aligning the EU MRV with IMO Data Collection System is of course an ongoing concern for the industry – see here.

Sulphur Cap, SOx and Particulate Matter emissions / Other Emissions (NOx – Black Carbon)

An overview of the prevention of Air Pollution from Ships is provided by IMO here.

At MEPC 70 (October 2016), the IMO Committee agreed that the effective date of the 0.50% m/m global sulphur limit for bunkers shall be 1 January 2020. Options in view of this important development are outlined here. Other important considerations in this respect are depicted here.