The European Union will proposal to curb emissions from ships if no international solution is reached soon.
The statement, coming from the European Commission, said it's considering a proposal in the coming months if the International Maritime Organization (IMO), created under the United Nations, is unable to reach an agreement on the means and measures for curbing ship emissions.
The statement said the IMO has been unable to reach an agreement for more than a decade.
Elina Bardram, head of the EC's international carbon market unit, said the IMO is in the best position to make such regulation but has been slow to act.
Bardram, speaking to a seminar in Brussels, said the EU is keeping its options open. “Different types of measures, ranging from measurement, reporting, and verification, to technical standards, to setting baselines; these are all on the table,” she said.
Included in the options Bardram noted is the EU’s emissions trading system (ETS), which is said to be the world’s largest cap-and-trade carbon market, covering 12,000 companies with limits and now covering flights using EU airports.
“We will not introduce a maritime proposal that would be discriminatory or would result in distortions,” Bardram said. However she promised action was coming because current EC reports say the shipping industry is responsible for nearly 3 percent of all of carbon-dioxide emissions, and these emissions are projected to more than double by 2050. - Geoff Whiting