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Environmental voice on shipping to be heard at IMO

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The newly-founded Clean Shipping Coalition (CSC) has been granted interim observer status at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).

The coalition was formed in March by T&E along with seven other European and North American environmental organisations active on shipping issues. Its aim is to offer a more effective forum for environmental groups to press the case that environmental reforms are long overdue in the shipping industry.

CSC’s consultative status means T&E can fully participate in forthcoming critical discussions within the IMO on efficiency standards for ships and debates on options for market-based measures.

Bill Hemmings, T&E’s policy officer responsible for shipping, said, ‘Through the coalition, we hope to expand participation in these discussions from groups in Asia, Africa and Latin America. T&E, working independently as well as through the coalition, will be active in coordinating European activities on ship air pollution where the European Commission has
much work to do, as well as in maintaining pressure to take action at EU level.’