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Shippers welcome emissions talks

[ December 8, 2014   //   ]

The Global Shippers’ Forum (GSF) has welcomed the inclusion of international shipping emissions on the UN Climate Change Conference (COP20) agenda currently taking place in Lima, Peru (1-12 December 2015). While, according to the latest third International Maritime Organisation greenhouse gas study, carbon emissions have reduced from 2.7% of emissions to 2.2%, under current trends they could grow by 50-250% to 2050.
Shippers say they are under pressure to record and report Scope 3 emissions (where shipping falls) within their businesses and to customers.
The European Parliament has meanwhile approved the introduction of a Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) system for all ships over 5,000 gross tons that use EU ports and the Council is expected to adopt it formally shortly.

GSF secretary-general Chris Welsh, commented: “The advantages of the EU MRV is that it will collect not just fuel data but additional information that will help shippers to more easily record, report and reduce supply chain emissions. It echoes many of the voluntary schemes already adopted by industry. However, GSF would like the proposals to go beyond the collection of fuel consumption data.  Whilst, we recognise concerns over confidentiality of data and administrative burden, focusing just on fuel consumption is a missed opportunity.  We urge the IMO to look at existing voluntary programs that both shippers and ship owners participate in that collect a much wider range of data to assess energy efficiency.”

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