regulating emissions from ships News

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • IMO succumbs to pressure to delay ship NOx regulations

    The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) today abandoned the fixed start date for new NOx emissions control areas (NECAs), which require an 80% cut in NOx from new ships sailing in specially designated zones. Instead, the IMO will replace the 2016 application date with flexible provisions for any NECAs established after that date. Transport & Environment (T&E) deplores this ...

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • 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. ...

  • Ships off California`s coast must adhere to world`s strictest diesel emission regulation

    The California Air Resources Board has adopted a regulation that eliminates 15 tons of diesel exhaust daily from ocean-going vessels, substantially reducing the cancer rates and premature deaths associated with living near seaports and trade corridors along California's coast. The new measure requires ocean-going vessels within 24 nautical miles of California's coastline to use lower-sulfur ...

  • Environmental groups welcome IMO`s energy efficiency standard for new ship, but call for further actions to reduce GHG emissions from shipping

    The Clean Shipping Coalition welcomes the adoption by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) of an Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) regulation for new ships, but warns that it's only the first step in what needs to be a far more expansive effort to address shipping’s climate impacts.(1) The regulation will only guarantee emissions reductions after 2019, as a handful of ...

  • Excluding aviation and shipping emissions from COP deal makes 2°C limit close to impossible

    The dropping of international aviation and shipping emissions from the draft Paris climate agreement published this afternoon has fatally undermined the prospects of keeping global warming below 2°C, green NGOs Seas At Risk and Transport & Environment (T&E) have said. As their emissions uniquely fall outside national reduction targets, they require an explicit reference in the ...

  • Aviation and shipping emissions back in draft Paris climate deal

    The reinsertion of international aviation and shipping emissions into the draft Paris agreement has been welcomed by sustainable transport group Transport & Environment after it was dropped from text issued by the talks’ co-chairs on 5 October. However, the draft’s language needs to be considerably strengthened if it is to help curb the two sectors’ growing climate impact, ...

  • Ship emissions reporting ‘must be stepping stone to CO2 target’

    Shipping users will for the first time be granted access to transparent data that identifies the most efficient ships and practices, under a law approved by the European Parliament in full today. The public disclosure of fuel efficiency data will enhance competition for the best ships and routes, which in turn will trigger market forces that will result in fuel savings. Sustainable transport ...

  • Commission makes timid first steps towards controlling ship emissions

    The European Commission has published today a proposal to monitor, report and verify (MRV) on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from shipping. This measure will apply to all ships calling at EU ports and could to set the baseline for an eventual measure to actually require emissions reductions. Shipping is responsible for over 3% of global ...

  • Shipping fuel transparency will lower emissions and cut costs, says study

    Transport & Environment, Seas at Risk and Carbon War Room are urging the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) not to withhold data on ship efficiency and fuel consumption. The call for action follows moves by some industry groups to undermine initiatives at the IMO and EU level that would make efficiency performance publicly available and require ships to report and publicise their ...

  • MEPs call for reduction target on aviation and shipping emissions in Paris deal

    Statement from Transport & Environment following European Parliament’s vote for the EU to ensure aviation and shipping emissions are included in the final Paris climate deal MEPs today called on the EU and all other countries at this year’s Paris climate summit to ensure a requirement is included for reducing emissions from international aviation and shipping. Parliamentarians ...

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