21 June 2016

The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) is conducting a review of the 2020 requirements of the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI). In the current regulation, a ship built after 1 January 2020 needs to have an EEDI that is 20% below the reference line value for that ship. The aim of this project is to analyse which EEDI requirements are readily achievable for bulk carriers, tankers, general cargo ships and containerships.

21 April 2016

London - The shipping sector’s response to the Paris climate agreement was left in disarray after governments attending a meeting of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) today were unable to even agree on a work plan to develop a shipping ‘fair share’ contribution to the goal of limiting temperature increases to 1.5/2°C.

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04 April 2016

Shipping’s only legally binding climate measure is not stimulating the uptake of new technologies or driving efficiency improvements, according to a new independent study.

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16 March 2016

There is a growing interest in the fuel efficiency of ships because of fuel prices, climate change and energy security issues. This has resulted in, amongst other things, a regulation governing the design efficiency of new ships called the Energy Efficiency Design Index. This study analyses which factor or factors have contributed to changes in the average design efficiency over time and what their relative importance has been.

12 December 2015

Paris - The absence of any reference to international aviation and shipping emissions in the Paris Agreement casts doubts over who is responsible for reining in their skyrocketing emissions, green NGOs Seas At Risk, Carbon Market Watch and Transport & Environment have said. While the Agreement endorses a target of 1.5°C, this cannot be achieved unless these two sectors urgently rein in their emissions.

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09 December 2015

Paris - The dropping of international aviation and shipping emissions from the draft Paris climate agreement published this afternoon has fatally undermined the prospects of keeping global warming below 2°C, green NGOs Seas At Risk and Transport & Environment (T&E) have said.

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23 November 2015

London – Shipping could be responsible for 17% of global CO2 emissions in 2050 if left unregulated, according to a new scientific study [1].

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05 October 2015

The aviation and shipping sectors are set to be exempt from targeted CO2 emissions cuts in the December Paris climate agreement, according to the latest draft deal. This is an irresponsible U-turn, say environmental groups Seas At Risk and Transport & Environment. CO2 emissions from the two sectors are set to grow by up to 250% by 2050, making attempts to limit global warming to 2°C all but impossible.

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30 September 2015

Brussels - Statement by the Clean Shipping Coalition in response to the recent statement by the Secretary General of the IMO, Mr Koji Sekimizu on the subject of shipping and climate change.

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18 March 2015

This report is a first report of a study into the design efficiency of ships. There is a growing interest in the fuel efficiency of ships because of fuel prices, climate change, and energy security issues. This has resulted in, amongst other things, a regulation governing the design efficiency of new ships. As of 2013, new ships need to meet an EEDI target efficiency relative to a baseline constructed from the average design efficiency of ships that have entered the fleet in the period 1999-2008. The targets become more stringent over time. Currently, the Marine Environment Protection Committee of the International Maritime Organization is reviewing the targets. One of the main questions being addressed is the feasibility of the targets. The historical development of design efficiency can provide relevant information to answer this question in three ways. First, it can elucidate how the design efficiency in the reference line period 1999–2008 compares to other periods. Second, it can show what the timeframe for market driven efficiency improvements has been. And third, it can show which design changes have resulted in efficiency changes.

01 January 2014

A number of important developments in 2013 have opened the way for the possibility of substantial progress on the development of International Maritime Organisation (IMO)green-house gases (GHG) measures for existing ships in 2014.

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28 June 2013

The European Commission has published today a proposal to monitor, report and verify (MRV) ship greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The measure will apply to all ships calling at EU ports and could be a precursor to actual reduction measures.

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17 May 2013

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.

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01 October 2012

In response to a statement from EC Vice-President Kallas and EU Commissioner Hedegaard on GHG emissions from shipping NGOs T&E and Seas at Risk have issued the following joint statement.

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29 August 2012

Working alongside partners in the Clean Shipping Coalition, Seas At Risk and T&E have made a proposal to the International Maritime Organisation that could help break the deadlock in discussions on market-based measures to reduce the shipping sector's GHG footprint.

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12 April 2012

The Commission's consultation on including shipping in the EU green house gas reduction commitment has closed.

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22 January 2012

The European Commission’s work on an EU ship GHG measure has taken a further step forward with the launch of an on-line public consultation. This follows a series of stakeholder events where industry and environment groups, including Seas At Risk, were briefed and able to put their ideas forward.

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10 January 2012

The protection of the world’s oceans look set to be given greater prominence at Rio+20, but the recently published draft outcome document needs significant strengthening if this important opportunity is to result in the urgent actions that are needed to save our seas.

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13 December 2011
Just under ten years ago, North Sea Ministers acknowledged that a new approach would be needed to minimise the impact of commercial shipping on the environment.  

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10 December 2011

Last week’s COP17 conference on climate change ended with a deal made in extra time that promisingly prolongs the fate of the Kyto Protocol but does nothing to ensure the deep, immediate cuts in GHG emissions that are needed to protect our oceans now.

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