Three years after Paris and over a year after agreeing a 2050 decarbonisation objective, European campaign groups Seas At Risk and Transport & Environment, leading members of the Clean Shipping Coalition, are appalled at the complete lack of ambition shown by the IMO this week.

Our planet is facing not only climate breakdown but an ecological collapse. Our lifestyles see us overexploit our limited natural resources and ignore the collateral damage to the natural world on which our entire existence depends.  

The sea is home to a significant proportion of Earth’s biodiversity, yet it is also the location of numerous human activities. This puts unprecedented and unsustainable pressure on the marine environment, dramatically impacting marine biodiversity and ocean resilience. As the world’s biggest maritime territory and with almost half of its population living by the sea, the EU is compelled to set rules to protect marine biodiversity and regulate the activities that take place at sea or which impact the sea.

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