The Global Shippers’ Forum is calling for shippers to have a greater voice in global discussions as the debate on how to tackle maritime greenhouse gas emissions continues.
Ahead of the International Maritime Organization’s Marine Environment Protection Committee meeting (MEPC 66) next week, GSF issued a statement saying it is vital that shippers have a place in the global debate on the most appropriate means to reduce greenhouse gases from ships.
"This has become a matter of greater urgency with the European Commission’s proposals for a monitoring, reporting and verification system from 2018 for all large ships that use EU ports, irrespective of where the ships are registered," said GSF in a statement, adding that it expects the MRV "will be the main topic of discussion on maritime emissions at MEPC 66 and how it could potentially be applied at a global level."
“We are at a particularly critical time in finding the solution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the maritime industry. The GSF is convinced shippers can help influence the debate in a positive way and ensure there is an effective and cost-efficient approach," said Chris Welsh, secretary general of GSF. "In recent months, we have been heartened to see a move away from financial market-based measures by the IMO such as a bunker levy or emissions trading system, which would simply pass costs to the shipper without encouraging improvements in carbon efficiency.”
GSF said it "would ultimately like to see a global solution and is strongly urging the EU to pursue its initiative through the IMO. The Commission’s MRV is a good starting point to develop measures that focus on recording and reporting carbon emissions and monitoring fuel consumption of ships. Measures that focus on data collection will support shippers’ needs as they are increasingly required to accurately calculate their GHG emissions along the supply chain."
GSF has posted a Maritime Emissions Policy Briefing
on its website.