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World Shipping Council suggests three actions for IMO ahead of MEPC 79

The World Shipping Council (WSC) is reaching out to the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) climate committee, the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), ahead of its 79th session, presenting three concrete suggestions as to how ”swift progress” and efficiency in driving the shipping industry’s transition towards green fuels can be done.

”The WSC paper examines the main mid-term measures under deliberation, identifies cross-cutting issues relevant to numerous proposals, and proposes three key suggestions for consideration by member nations at IMO ISWG-GHG 13 and MEPC 79,” reads the WSC release.

WSC outlines three main proposals that, according to the organization, will strengthen the IMO’s greenhouse gas strategy.

First, the WSC suggests to alter the global fuel standard proposal so it includes fewer steps. It also suggests adding dates to the steps based on ”projected fuel and technology production timeframes for those fuels that will enable significant GHG reductions based on Well-to-Wake LCA analysis.” Fewer steps and dates will encourage earlier investments, among other effects, according ot the WSC.

Furthermore, the WSC suggests establishing  IMO Green Corridors Programme, which could act as a means to ”introducing new fuels and technologies and as a practical and explicit vehicle for an equitable transition.”

Finally, WSC suggests the IMO to consider a benchmarking approach where the GHG intensity is based on a life cycle analysis metric rather than one based on the CII.

“Our core challenge is to create the regulatory structure to drive development, production, and adoption of low and near-zero GHG fuels and technologies, coupled with the necessary investments in renewable energy production for an equitable transition. Liner shipping is investing in decarbonization, and we urge IMO member nations to come together with a focus on future generations to ensure the advancements necessary for a timely energy transition,” says President & CEO of WSC John Butler.

世界航運理事會 (WSC) 在其第 79 屆會議之前與國際海事組織 (IMO) 氣候委員會、海洋環境保護委員會 (MEPC) 取得聯繫,就如何“迅速取得進展”和提高效率提出三項具體建議。推動航運業向綠色燃料轉型是可以做到的。

“WSC 文件審查了正在審議的主要中期措施,確定了與眾多提案相關的跨領域問題,並提出了三項關鍵建議,供成員國在 IMO ISWG-GHG 13 和 MEPC 79 上考慮,”WSC 新聞稿中寫道。


首先,WSC 建議修改全球燃料標準提案,使其包含更少的步驟。它還建議根據“預計的燃料和技術生產時間表為這些燃料添加日期,這些燃料將能夠根據 Well-to-Wake LCA 分析顯著減少溫室氣體排放。” 據 WSC 稱,更少的步驟和日期將鼓勵更早的投資,以及其他影響。

此外,WSC 建議建立 IMO 綠色走廊計劃,該計劃可以作為“引入新燃料和技術以及實現公平過渡的實用和明確的工具”的一種手段。

最後,WSC 建議 IMO 考慮一種基準方法,其中溫室氣體強度基於生命週期分析指標,而不是基於 CII 的指標。

“我們的核心挑戰是建立監管結構,以推動開發、生產和採用低溫室氣體和接近零的溫室氣體燃料和技術,同時對可再生能源生產進行必要的投資,以實現公平過渡。班輪運輸正在投資於脫碳,我們敦促 IMO 成員國團結起來,關注後代,以確保及時實現能源轉型所需的進步,”WSC 總裁兼首席執行官約翰巴特勒說。






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