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Slow progress of talks tests EU’s deadline

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Pressure on the EU to take unilateral action on tackling greenhouse gases from international shipping has grown after talks at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) last month failed to make much progress. The stalemate increases pressure on the EU to act on its commitment to take action in Europe if no international deal is reached by the end of this year.

International talks on shipping emissions stall

Statement on behalf of Seas At Risk (SAR), Transport & Environment (T&E) and Environmental Defence Fund (EDF)

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) failed to reach agreement on global action to address greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping at a meeting in London last week (1). Environmental groups have repeated calls for EU action in the absence of progress on global measures.

Failure to ratify shipping emissions law could threaten IMO progress

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The Clean Shipping Coalition, of which T&E is a leading member, has written to the Hungarian presidency of the EU, calling on it to act quickly to get five EU member states plus Monaco to ratify the Marpol Annex VI regulation on ship pollution. The move is important, as it could affect whether efforts by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) to reduce greenhouse emissions from ships are successful or not.

Crucial IMO vote on cutting shipping emissions needs EU action now

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The Clean Shipping Coalition (CSC) is calling on six European countries to ratify a crucial piece of marine environmental legislation, in order to enable their participation at a crucial vote on energy efficiency standards for ships at a meeting of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) this Summer.

Could this be the breakthrough in tackling shipping’s climate impact?

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Shipping could become the first industry to have a global carbon dioxide reduction measure. A legislative process has been set in motion at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) which, if approved, could see obligatory energy efficiency standards for new ships come into effect in 2013. A vote is expected at the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) in July.

Sowing the seeds of smarter transport policy

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Opinion by Jos Dings - T&E Director
Did we miss something? Last year, the European Commission didn’t propose a single new legislative measure to clean up transport. To be fair, it has been spending most of its time worrying about the future of the Eurozone. As a result, for T&E this was the sort of year where seeds for smarter transport policy were sown. We’re optimistic that next year could bring a decent crop of positive changes.