The United Nation's Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is the principle international legal and regulatory initiative to tackle climate change. Seas At Risk has only recently become involved in this forum and the focus of its work is inclusion of emissions from marine fuels (bunkers) in future mitigation targets.

A coalition of NGOs from around the world are calling on the International Maritime Organisation to agree binding GHG emission reduction targets and measures for shipping ahead of December's UNFCCC climate meeting in Copenhagen.

A newly published International Maritime Organisation study shows that technical and operational measures could reduce CO2 emissions from shipping by up to 75%, with a cut of around 20% possible without additional costs.

The latest negotiating text for the UNFCCC climate change negotiations has been published and includes draft content on marine bunkers.

The text will be discussed at the next negotiating session from 1-12th June in Bonn. Bunkers are dealt with in paras 135-138 and 174.

Negotiating Text (19/5/09).

As part of its work to include transport bunker fuels in the December 2009 Copenhagen climate change agreement, Seas At Risk has signed up to a joint-NGO submission to the International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAA).

A new direct action group - Ship of Fuels - has been created to raise the profile of shipping's contribution to climate change and to urge governments to include shipping in the global climate deal to be reached in Copenhagen in December.

The European Commission has published its Green Paper on the Reform of the Common Fisheries Policy. The document contains an analysis of the problems underlying the current policy and provides a basis for discussions on reform.

Below you will find materials relating to shipping issues that are not part of Seas At Risk's main areas of work but that Seas At Risk has played some part in producing or has endorsed.

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Commercial fishing in the north-east Atlantic could be harming deep-sea fish populations a kilometre below the deepest reach of fishing trawlers, according to a 25-year study undertaken by a consortium of research institutes.

Scientists concluded that commercial fishing may have much wider effects than previously thought, reducing fish populations and changing deep-water communities which were assumed to be safely beyond the range of fishing boats.

The Council of Ministers has rejected a Commission proposal to count ship emissions towards national totals under a new global climate treaty if the IMO fails to agree reductions.

Ministers did however recognise that shipping emissions are growing fast and stressed that emission reduction targets for the sector “should be incorporated into the Copenhagen agreement and that Parties should commit to work through… the IMO to enable an international agreement that does not lead to competitive distortions or carbon leakage, that is agreed in 2010 and approved by 2011.”

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