On 13th of April 2018, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) reached the agreement on an initial strategy to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from international shipping.

In this context, Violeta Bulc – Commissioner for Transport – and the Commissioner for Energy and Climate Action Miguel Arias Cañete issued the following statement:

The agreement reached today at the IMO is a significant step forward in the global efforts to tackle climate change. The shipping sector must contribute its fair share to the goals of the Paris Agreement.

It contains a clear GHG emission reduction objective of at least 50% by 2050, compared to 2008 levels, with a view to phase out the GHG emissions of the sector as soon as possible in this century. It is also accompanied by a comprehensive list of possible reduction measures, including short-term measures. While the EU had sought a higher level of ambition, this is a good starting point that will allow for further review and improvements over time.

The EU and its Member States played an instrumental role in brokering and securing this deal with our international partners. This is another example of the EU becoming a stronger global actor to spur strong and credible climate action.

For this initial strategy to succeed, it is now crucial that effective reduction measures are swiftly adopted and put in place before 2023. Preparations on longer term actions should also begin.

The EU is committed to continue playing an active role and pursue strong and credible global action on shipping emissions. We will continue to engage with all international partners, as we did this week in IMO.”

For further information, see at: https://ec.europa.eu/transport/modes/maritime/news/2018-04-13-imo-agreement-co2_en