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While the structure of Imo's strategy to curb greenhouse gases has been largely agreed, the UN body says the detailed text is still under discussion. "A wide range of detailed proposals were put forward for inclusion in the draft initial strategy," said Imo commenting on the October 23-27 meeting of Intersessional Working Group on Reduction of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions from Ships.

 

"These included those relating to the vision, levels of ambition, guiding principles, candidate measures, barriers and supportive measures and follow up actions. The group agreed that the draft strategy should incorporate a process for its periodic review," said Imo in a statement. It said the group agreed candidate short-term measures could be measures finalised and agreed by the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) between 2018 and 2023; candidate mid-term measures could be measures finalised and agreed by the MEPC between 2023 and 2030; and candidate long-term measures could be measures finalized and agreed by the MEPC beyond 2030. "

"Dates of entry into force and when the measure can effectively start to reduce GHG emissions would be defined for each measure individually. The group supported the need for early action," said Imo.

The group highlighted the need to consider carefully the potential impact of measures on states, particularly the least developed countries and small island developing states. The group also recognised the need to address barriers and provide supportive measures, including capacity building and technical cooperation; and research and development especially into alternative fuels. The aim is to reach consensus at the next meeting.

Imo secretary-general Kitack Lim said: “The working group made some considerable progress in bringing together the proposals for the different elements of the draft Imo GHG strategy. I'm confident member states will continue to work on this ahead of the next working group session, to build convergence so that the draft initial Imo GHG strategy can be adopted as planned at the next session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee in April 2018.”

Filed: 2017-11-01