PIDF publishes Shipping Emissions position paper

Update: 5:05PM A POSITION Paper in regards to Shipping Emissions negotiations taking place at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has been published by the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF).

According to a statement issued by PIDF this morning says the
paper is an outcome of the Pacific Maritime Technical Officers Workshop on
Shipping Emissions hosted by PIDF in Suva in February.

PIDF Secretary General, Fran?ois Martel said this paper
recognises that failure by the global community to achieve a strong Initial
Strategy will likely mean that future efforts from shipping will be
insufficient to ensure the world limit temperature rise to 1.5 degrees celsius.

“The Pacific has been clear on the need that the world
limits temperature rise to 1.5 degrees celsius, as also reflected in the Paris
Agreement, and for us to do so all sectors need to do their part, including the
Maritime transport sector,” Mr Martel said.

Meanwhile the IMO is scheduled to deliver an Initial
Strategy on international shipping GHG emissions reduction by the 72nd Maritime
Environment Protection Committee meeting (MEPC 72) in April 2018.

This IMO Initial Strategy will, among other matters,
determine the vision and level of ambition, and is expected to include an ‘action plan’ on the development of short-term measures (2018-2023).