Two leading world governments have said aviation and shipping should be given their own greenhouse gas reduction targets at December’s Copenhagen climate summit. The calls from Australian and Great Britain are effectively an attempt to by-pass Icao and the IMO in post-Kyoto climate efforts.
A meeting in London next week will be the last chance for the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) to set out how it plans to meet its responsibilities under the Kyoto Protocol to control and reduce emissions from international shipping, before the crucial UN climate conference in Copenhagen in December.
A new study published by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), says shipping is responsible for almost 3% of global greenhouse gas emissions. But it says the shipping sector could reduce its climate impact by at least 20% and make financial gains.
Bonn, Germany – In an attempt to break the political deadlock preventing action on international aviation and shipping emissions, Australia has called for reduction targets for these sectors to be agreed at the Copenhagen climate talks in December. In an indictment of the failure of the UN bodies responsible over the twelve years since the Kyoto protocol was adopted, Australia is effectively calling for the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) to be stripped of their responsibility for developing and implementing reduction targets. Environmental groups have welcomed the move and called on the European Union to support it.