The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) today finally agreed a resolution on technology cooperation, the negotiation of which had held up consideration of a ship GHG measure for existing ships for two years.

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) today finally agreed a resolution on technology cooperation, the negotiation of which had held up consideration of a ship GHG measure for existing ships for two years.

The Resolution, which was agreed at the 65th session of the IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC65), meets the concerns of developing and developed nations by recognising the principles of non-discrimination in the IMO and common but differentiated responsibilities (CBDR) in the UN's Framework on Climate Change. Today's decision unlocks the door to serious consideration of further measures to reduce the sector's contribution to climate change.

NGOs urged the IMO and its member states to now make real progress towards a market-based measure to reduce emissions from existing ships.

In a related development at the same meeting the IMO agreed for the first time to make space on its agenda for the consideration of non-MBM measures for existing ships. The discussions will start at MEPC66 in the Spring of 2014 with consideration of a US proposal that includes as a first stage the establishment of a system of monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) of ship emissions.

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