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.
At IMO’s 72nd Marine Environment Protection Committee in April 2018 (MEPC 72), an agreement was reached on an initial strategy for the reduction of GHG from ships (see details on MEPC 72 here, and also on the 3rd relevant Intersessional working group, before MEPC 72, here), as well as INTERCARGO’s Media Release here.
Before that progress had been made at MEPC 71 (see e.g. submission in cooperation with the other International Shipping Associations to MEPC 71 here) and at the 2nd Intersessional working group on GHG as outlined here. At MEPC 70, IMO had 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 2011 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.
Important deliberations in view of the implementation of this regulation have been taken place at MEPC 72 (see here) and the IMO Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response (see PPR 5 here). Options in view of this important development are outlined here. Other important considerations in this respect are depicted e.g. here and here.