IMO Continues Work on Regime to Control GHG Emissions

<br /> Ship emissions high on agenda at IMO environment meeting 3 October 2008: The Marine Environment Protection Committee

of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) is meeting in London, UK, for

its 58th session, from 6-10 October 2008. During the meeting, the Committee

will continue its work on developing a mandatory regime to control greenhouse

gas (GHG) emissions from international shipping.

In this respect, the Committee

will consider: phase 1 of the report of the updated IMO Study on Greenhouse Gas

Emissions from Ships, which has been completed by an international consortium

of research institutes coordinated by MARINTEK of Norway; and the report of the

first intersessional meeting of IMO's Working Group on Greenhouse Gas Emissions

from Ships, held in Oslo, Norway (23-27 June 2008). To date, no mandatory GHG

instrument for international shipping has been adopted. However, this issue is

high on the Committee's agenda and the IMO is currently working in accordance

with a work plan, due to culminate in 2009 with the adoption of a binding

instrument. The Organization is working to have measures in place to control

GHG emissions from international shipping before the first commitment period

under the Kyoto Protocol expires at the end of 2011. The Committee is also

expected to decide whether GHG regulations should form part of an existing

convention or whether a new instrument should be developed. [IMO

Press Release]