The Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI) is stepping up pressure on the shipping industry ahead of the COP21 Climate Change Conference in Paris, says The Chamber of Shipping of British Columbia.
SSI want the IMO to support the UNFCCC global CO2 reduction targets on the basis that climate change is one of the biggest risks to the future of global trade and to the shipping industry.
In its response, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has pointed out that mandatory CO2 reduction measures already adopted by the IMO combined with the aggressive fuel efficiency measures being taken by merchant ships worldwide, will proportionately deliver far more ambitious CO2 reductions than the pledges so far made by governments.
The UNFCCC says governments’ commitments overall should reduce CO2 emissions per capita by just 5% in 2030 compared to 2010.
SSI members include ABN AMRO, AkzoNobel, American Bureau of Shipping, Bunge, Cargill, Carnival Corporation, China Navigation Company
, Gearbulk, IMC, Lloyd’s Register Maersk Line
, Namura Shipbuilding, Unilever, U-Ming Marine Transport Corporation and Wärtsilä.