five more countries now support aligning the IMO’s climate goals with the Paris
The Cook Islands, Mexico, Myanmar, Colombia
and Malaysia publicly endorsed the 2050 zero shipping emission target for the
first time at MEPC 78.
debated revising the IMO’s current climate strategy and will continue the
negotiations at MEPC 79 in December, while gathering for additional working
group talks (ISWG-GHG) beforehand.
Growing majority among IMO member
states in favour of the Paris Agreement
matters: There is a growing majority among IMO member states in favour of the
Paris Agreement-aligned ambition to clean up international shipping.
is a major climate polluter that is not yet on track to meet the 1.5°C
climate-warming target of the Paris Agreement. The IMO currently aims to “only”
halve emissions from ships by 2050, but is in the process of revising this
goal. Delegates must reach a decision by MEPC 80 in 2023.
50 countries have endorsed the 2050
zero shipping emissions target
countries have endorsed the 2050 zero shipping emissions target at the IMO so
far (MEPC 77 and MEPC 78): the UK, France, Norway, Greece, Australia, Germany,
Canada, the US, Liberia, Cyprus, Ireland, Sweden, Belgium, Vanuatu, Denmark,
Finland, Republic of Marshall Islands, Japan, the Bahamas, the Cook Islands,
New Zealand, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Iceland, Malta, Croatia, Slovenia,
Panama, Ukraine, Palau, Mexico, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Solomon Islands,
Jamaica, Tonga, Tuvalu, Myanmar, Colombia, Malaysia, Fiji, Georgia, Poland,
Portugal, Italy, Lithuania, Latvia, Nicaragua, and Kenya.
narrowing group of countries stopped short – once again – of endorsing this
level of ambition due to procedural objections and a lack of data.
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warns that governments must
halve emissions by 2030 on the way to full decarbonisation by 2050, to keep
global warming to 1.5°C.