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13th April 2018

BIMCO applauds new IMO emissions-strategy

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"The IMO has done something no one has done before: set an absolute target for emission reductions for an entire industry. It is a landmark achievement in the effort to reduce emissions, and something that every other industry should look to for inspiration," says Lars Robert Pedersen, BIMCO Deputy Secretary General and delegate at the IMO meeting.

BIMCO is very satisfied with the Green House Gas (GHG) strategy adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) at the Marine Environment Protection Committee on April 13. The strategy outlines a target to reduce GHG emissions by at least 50% by 2050 compared to 2008 while pursuing efforts towards phasing them out.

Lars Robert Pedersen calls the target ambitious, but not impossible: "In BIMCO we believe that the industry can deliver on this target – even if we don't exactly know how, yet," he says.

BIMCO is the largest shipping association in the world, with around 2000 members across the industry, representing 56% of the world's tonnage.

"The strategy shows that there is only one road ahead, and that is the road towards decarbonisation. The strategy reinforces existing IMO regulations to enhance the energy efficiency of ships and sets out the long-term goals. This will guide the development of new technology and the design of new ships," Pedersen says.

Pedersen points out that the industry is already well under way. Emissions from shipping peaked in 2008, and emissions from shipping have already been decoupled from the growth in the world economy.

"Now we have to focus on the mid-to-long term. We have to find the technology and procedures that will drive us towards zero GHG emissions," Lars Robert Pedersen says. 

BIMCO sees zero carbon emissions as a realistic goal for the second half of this century, but investments in research and technology are required to get there.

ENDS


Notes to editors


For further information please contact:

Rasmus Nord Jørgensen, Communications Director at BIMCO

pr@bimco.org
+45 2168 0421


About BIMCO


BIMCO is the world's largest international shipping association, with 2,100 members in more than 120 countries. Our global membership includes shipowners, operators, managers, brokers and agents. Our vision is to be the chosen partner trusted to provide leadership to the global industry. Our mission is to provide expert knowledge and practical advice to safeguard and add value to our members' businesses.


BIMCO's four core service areas provide value and trusted support to our members:

1. Our products include BIMCO's world leading standard contracts and clauses for the shipping industry and our contract editor IDEA. We also run the BIMCO Shipping KPI System which can be used to benchmark ships' operational performance.

2. Regulation: BIMCO takes an active role on behalf of shipowners during discussions and decisions with global and regional regulators. We work towards a level playing field for shipping – including fair trade and open access to markets.

3. Information and advice: we deal with 10,000 member queries every year on many issues and see over three million page views on our website each year. Our staff share their expert knowledge with members, giving practical advice to safeguard and add value to their businesses.

4. Our training activities include face-to-face courses, eLearning, webinars and tailor-made courses for companies.

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