Following the debate on the COP21 summit and the possibility for a global emissions cap in shipping, we now include the perspective from the International Transport Forum (IFT) a subset of the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development).   

IFT highlight that if the 2009 Copenhagen Agreement is to have any effect, it is imperative to draw in the shipping industry. For shipping to adhere to the agreement would mean reducing CO2 emission to 0,4 billion tonnes by 2050 – and work towards becoming CO2 neutral in 2080. If the goal of only increasing global warming by 1.5-2℃ by 2100 is to be accomplished. 

The main fear is that without emission control of the shipping industry projections shows a 50% to 250% higher emission level than currently. Translated into 2050 “number” it means the global emissions from shipping could constitute up to 14% of total global emissions.  

So far it would appear that the EU parliament is taking the plea seriously, as they have declared it odd for the shipping sector to virtually limit-free when countries must adhere to targets.  

Sotiris Raptis, shipping policy officer at Transport & Environment, said: “The Parliament has sent a clear message to the EU and all negotiators at Paris; the aviation and shipping sectors need emissions reduction targets too, so there is no reasonable excuse to continue exempting them. You just can’t have a global deal to combat climate change without capping the growing emissions from international aviation and shipping, which have CO2 emissions equal to those of the UK and Germany respectively.” 

Read the full article in shipandbunker or transportenvironement.  

Emissions figures:
Net emissions continue to grow 2-3% a year.
CO2 from shipping is about 3% of the global total, and thereby one of the fastest growing sources of emissions at a global level.

Read the full Policy Brief from International Transportation Forum.  

If you are interested in the oposing view, click and read why IMO argues against a global emissions cal for shipping.