This first-time study of the historical development of the efficiency of new ships shows that, in fact, the efficiency of new ships has actually deteriorated since 1990 by 10% on average. This demonstrates the failure of market forces to reduce ship and shipping emissions and emphasizes the need for regulation.
The Clean Shipping Coalition supports in principle the efforts from the International Maritime Organisation to assess opportunities of reducing the administrative burden that could arise from the application of the relevant international conventions. However, we believe that this effort should not be used as a way to undermine the current regulatory framework nor to relax the necessary enforcement procedures.
As the decline of Arctic sea-ice continues, the prospect of an ice-free Arctic ocean in the near future draws closer. Arctic melting is seen by industry and some governments as an opportunity to develop human and exploitative activities in the region (oil and gas production, mining, shipping, tourism). But while Arctic melting is surely an effect of climate change, it is imperative that it does not become another cause of climate change. This vicious circle threatening the Arctic and the global ecosystems needs to be broken.
The European Commission should put in place measures to cut maritime
hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) emissions as part of its wider strategy to reduce
greenhouse gases from shipping. This is the ask a coalition of environmental NGOs have put forward in a letter to the EU's Directorate
General on Climate and Energy. HFCs are among the most damaging
Questions and answers on the IMO's EEDI: what it does, how it works and what its significance is. Published to coincide with a critical vote at the IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee in London, July 2011.