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  • Emissions from shipping to be regulated

    Market-based measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping will be among the key items on the agenda of the Marine Environment Protection Committee of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), when it meets for its 63rd session from 27 February to 2 March 2012, at IMO Headquarters in London. The MEPC will continue to consider a number of proposals for ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Calculating emissions from shipping

    Shipping is a significant source of atmospheric pollutants, which contribute to climate change and have negative effects on human health and the environment. A new study has applied detailed methods to estimate global fuel consumption from international shipping, including for the first time, an estimation of emissions from the global fleet while in port. Developing appropriate policies to ...

  • Cleaning up ships’ emissions

    The cargo vessels that carry 80% of the world’s trade and the cruise ships that take thousands of passengers to pristine tourist attractions use the world’s dirtiest fuel. With 60% of the world’s ports already voluntarily excluding the worst-polluting ships, owners are in a desperate hunt to find ways to clean up their act – and a giant steel sponge could be the answer. ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Agreement on monitoring of CO2 emissions from ships

    The Permanent Representatives Committee confirmed an agreement with the European Parliament on new EU-wide rules for monitoring, reporting and verification of CO2 emissions from ships. The agreement was reached in an informal trilogue on 18 November. International maritime shipping is the only means of transportation not included in the EU's commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. ...


    By Europa Press Room

  • Aircraft and shipping emissions on course for Copenhagen

    Negotiations to bring international aviation and shipping emissions under a Copenhagen climate treaty have begun in earnest at UN climate negotiations now underway in Bangkok, in a signal the world has lost patience with a lack of serious action by the international transport sector. International aviation and shipping emissions, together more than one billion tons of CO2 annually and increasing ...


    By WWF International

  • International talks on shipping emissions stall

    Statement on behalf of Seas At Risk (SAR), Transport & Environment (T&E) and Environmental Defence Fund (EDF) The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) failed to reach agreement on global action to address greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping at a meeting in London last week (1). Environmental groups have repeated calls for EU action in the absence of progress on ...

  • Shipping industry moves to reduce emissions

    Maritime shipping is the world's most carbon-efficient form of transporting goods and the industry has now taken steps to further improve the fuel efficiency and reduce the carbon footprint of its vessels and supply chain. Three large multinational corporations, which together ship over 350 million tons of commodities annually, have agreed to charter only the ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Progress reported in UN-backed efforts to reduce pollution, emissions from ships

    The United Nations International Maritime Organization (IMO) has reported major progress on efforts to cut polluting and global warming emissions from ships, achieve more environmentally friendly recycling of vessels and prevent contamination from harmful organisms in ballast. Under amendments to the so-called MARPOL (marine pollution) accords unanimously adopted by IMO’s Marine Environment ...


    By United Nations

  • Emissions from shipping much higher than previously reported

    The true scale of greenhouse gas emissions from shipping is almost three times higher than previously believed, according to a leaked UN study seen by the British newspaper The Guardian. According to The Guardian, the UN Report calculates that annual emissions from the world’s merchant fleet have already reached 1.12bn tonnes ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Complying with emissions regulations: calculating the acid plume from ships’ desulphurisation equipment

    Marine diesel contains sulphur compounds, which generate sulphur oxide (SOx) pollution and acid rain. Ships can use mitigating technologies to reduce their SOx emissions, but these can also have a negative environmental impact. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) introduced stringent legislation to control these, aspects of which are incorporated into EU policy. This study examined the ...

  • IMO opens the door to reduce shipping emissions

    Today the member states of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) agreed on a Resolution on technology cooperation, which was delaying the implementation of standards to improve the energy efficiency of new ships. This resolution had been in discussion for two years and was hindering any progress on other measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from ships. The Resolution meets the ...

  • New UN expert group to study ship emissions

    The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) last week agreed to establish an expert group to prepare a feasibility study on market-based instruments to cut greenhouse gas emissions from ships. The body that regulates international shipping has concluded that more work is needed before recommending the mandatory application of technical and operational measures to regulate and reduce emissions ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • New model for estimating ship emissions to guide policy

    EU-supported research has established a new model to calculate air pollution emissions from ships. Its calculations could create a database that lists emissions per ship type and size as well as by country. Emissions from ships have increased alongside the growth in international trade. Without the intervention of legislation, EU maritime emissions of both nitrogen oxides and sulphur dioxide ...

  • UN calls for emissions cuts in international shipping

    No one is immune to the impact of climate change, the head of the United Nations maritime agency warned last week in a message urging world leaders to reach agreement at an international conference aimed at firming up an effective greenhouse gas reduction pact in December. 'Mankind is on the horns of a dilemma,' stressed Efthimios Mitropoulos, Secretary-General of the International Maritime ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Report urges emission rules for shipping industry

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) should rule that shipping emissions significantly contribute to climate change and pose a threat to public health and welfare, according to a new report from the advocacy group Oceana. The report also asks for the International Maritime ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Ship-generated emissions play havoc on environment

    New research shows that emissions generated by ships increase acid rain on shore and may be responsible for over 25% of the ground-level ozone in a number of coastal areas. The research results were recently published in the journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. Past studies have shown that 70% of shipping occurs within 400 kilometres of land. Taking this research further, Professor Stig B. ...

  • A first step: The IMO`s regulation of shipping emission

    Last month’s decision at the IMO to adopt an Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) for new ships was a significant first step to address GHG emission from international shipping but it cannot be seen as a solution on its own. Only new ships are affected, so the measure will take over 30 years to have full effect and the imple¬mentation waiver means it will be nearly 2020 before all new ...

  • New tool calculates air pollution from shipping

    Shipping emits considerable amounts of air pollutants which affect the climate, the natural environment and human health. In collaboration with the Swedish Maritime Administration (SMA), SMHI has developed a new system for calculating emissions from shipping. Knowledge of these has previously been very limited. Shipping is undoubtedly the most significant source of sulphur emissions, as well as ...

  • Step forward on air pollution from shipping

    The world’s largest marine Emissions Control Area (ECA) has been approved by the International Maritime Organisation. Ships operating in waters off the North American coasts will be forced to use dramatically cleaner fuel and technology. The move is likely to make it easier for the EU to designate ECAs in European waters. The IMO’s decision last month to approve the ECA proposal came ...

  • Carnival to cut pollution from cruise ships

    The world's largest cruise ship company will adopt technology from power plants and automobiles to reduce air pollution from the massive diesel engines powering its ships. In a tentative agreement reached Thursday with the Environmental Protection Agency, Carnival Corp. will deploy scrubbers to reduce sulfur dioxide and filters ...


    By Associated Press

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