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New commitments to reduce CO2 emissions (and their impact on the Ocean) from the international shipping sector (as agreed by ICS AGM on 11 May 2017)
by International Chamber of Shipping (Non-governmental organization (NGO))
The global shipping industry, as represented by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) is committed to the delivery of the following Aspirational Objectives for CO2 emissions reduction by the international shipping sector (that part of the shipping industry not covered by the INDCs committed by Parties to the UNFCCC Paris Agreement):

To maintain international shippings annual total CO2 emissions below 2008 levels;

To reduce CO2 emissions per tonne-km, as an average across international shipping, by at least 50% by 2050, compared to 2008; and

To reduce international shippings total annual CO2 emissions by an agreed percentage by 2050, compared to 2008, as a point on a continuing trajectory of CO2 emissions reduction.

ICS (in conjunction with other shipping industry associations) has requested the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to adopt these Aspirational Objectives on behalf of the international shipping sector as a whole as part of the initial CO2 reduction strategy which IMO will adopt in 2018, following the adoption of a CO2 reduction roadmap in 2016.

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 IMO.

Delivery and progress towards achievement of this objective will assessed using the mandatory global CO2 data collection system which has been established by IMO and which will provide comprehensive data on CO2 emissions from international shipping from 2019, as well as future Green House Studies conducted by IMO. The industry has also proposed that IMO should conduct a comprehensive review of progress towards delivery of these Aspirational Objectives in 2033, including with regard to the development of fossil-free fuels and propulsion technology.
Progress reports
14.3
Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels
Type of commitment
  • CO2 emission reductions (energy efficiency, renewable energy, etc.)
14.c
Enhance the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources by implementing international law as reflected in UNCLOS, which provides the legal framework for the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources, as recalled in paragraph 158 of The Future We Want
Type of commitment
  • Activities to raise awareness of the comprehensive legal and policy framework for the sustainable development of oceans and seas, in particular UNCLOS, its Implementing Agreements and other relevant ocean-related instruments and promote their effective im
  • Ratification, accession and acceptance of UNCLOS, its Implementing Agreements and other relevant ocean-related instruments
  • Activities to develop the capacity of States towards broader participation in and effective implementation of UNCLOS and its implementing Agreements
January 2050
To reduce CO2 emissions per tonne-km, as an average across international shipping, by at least 50% by 2050, compared to 2008
January 2050
To reduce international shippings total annual CO2 emissions by an agreed percentage by 2050, compared to 2008, as a point on a continuing trajectory of CO2 emissions reduction.
May 2017
To maintain international shippings annual total CO2 emissions below 2008 levels
Staff / Technical expertise
Technical/staff experrtise of ICS member national shipowner assocations
Basic information
Time-frame: May 2017 - January 2050
Partners
International Chamber of Shipping
Ocean Basins
  • Global
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Simon Bennett, Mt , simon.bennett@ics-shipping.org, + 44 20 7090 1460
London
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