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Commitment to reduce CO2 emissions (and their impact on the Ocean) from global shipping industry
by International Chamber of Shipping (Private sector)
To reduce CO2 emissions per tonne of cargo transported one kilometre by sea by at least 50% by 2050 (compared to 2008), with the purpose of assisting the prevention of dangerous climate change and the goals of the Paris Agreement (although international shipping is not covered by INDCs made by UNFCCC Parties).

ICS intends to elaborate further on this commitment, subject to the agreement of its member national shipowners' associations, in advance of the deadline for submissions (12 May 2017) to the 71st session of the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee, with respect to when CO2 emissions from the sector might peak and the ambitious reduction of the sector's total CO2 emissions by the middle of the century.

Implementation will be achieved principally through technical and operational measures by shipping companies, although delivery of truly ambitious CO2 reductions in the longer term will be dependent on widespread availability of alternative fuels, supported by the regulatory framework provided by the International Maritime Organization.

Delivery and progress towards achievement of this objective will assessed using the global CO2 data collection system which has been established by IMO and which will provide comprehensive data on CO2 emissions from shipping from 2019, as well as future Green House Studies conducted by IMO

Progress reports
To reduce CO2 emissions per tonne of cargo transported one kilometre by sea by at least 50% by 2050
To propose further objectives for CO2 reduction by the international shipping sector
Staff / Technical expertise
Working in liaison with global industry through its network of national assocations and IMO Member States
Basic information
Time-frame: 04/2017 - no end date
International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and its 37 member national shipowners' associations (private sector)
Ocean Basins
  • Global
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Simon Bennett, Director Policy & External Relations, simon.bennett@ics-shipping.org, + 44 20 7090 1460
London, UK
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