These days the public debate of shipping and a global emissions cap is surging due to the approaching United Nation climate summit, COP21, in Paris December 2015. The opinions as many fold. 

IMO, the International Maritime Organization, is not a supporter of the global emissions cap deal at the COP21 summit. They urge decision makers to vote against it. 

IMO General Secretary Koji Sekimizu recently questioned the matter of the global climate cap in Singapore a few weeks ago. He states how global emissions from shipping has been reduced from 2.8% to 2.2% in the years 2008-2012, despite and overall growth in the shipping sector and specifically in increase in the world’s cargo-carrying capacity. 

As such Koji Sekimizu finds that the IMO are tackling the emissions problems from the sector. In its essence the General Secretary wishes for a continued debate to exist together with and at IMO, as the organization has and will care take the complex, multinational dimensions of an international agreement towards reducing CO2 emission.  He wishes to avoid the control of total global demand for cargo carried, as this is directly related to growth in the global economy. 

In the process leading up to the Paris meeting, world leaders might be tempted to consider specific measures aimed at reducing shipping’s overall contribution of CO2 emissions, such as an overall cap. Such measures would artificially limit the ability of shipping to meet the demand created by the world economy, or would unbalance the level playing field that the shipping industry needs for efficient operation, and therefore must be avoided. In addition, fiscal measures such as a levy on fuel are under active consideration, but such measures require careful analysis and development, considering a host of environmental, technical, economic and geopolitical factors. For these matters, so crucial to the world’s future, there are no simple answers.” Koji Sekimizu states.

About IMO: 
IMO is the United Nations Specialized agency with its main responsibility to regulate the environmental performance and safety of international shipping. They are the driving force of the MARPOL Annex VI (Protocol to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships) , which regulated 95,4% of the world’s shipping tonnage.

Read the full statement from the IMO General Secretary Koji Sekimizu here

If you are interested in the oposing view, click and read why the OECD wishes to influence decision makers to pass a global emissions cap for shipping.