What can we expect at the 75th Session of the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee ?

London: November 16-20 2020; As the International Maritime Organization prepares for its first virtual Marine Environment Protection Committee meeting, here's what to expect on issues of relevance to the Arctic:

Heavy Fuel Oil:

Black Carbon

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IMO and Arctic States Slammed for Endorsing Continued Arctic Pollution

Friday, November 20, 2020: NGOs protest outrageous approval of Arctic Heavy Fuel Oil “ban” which will drive continued pollution of the Arctic throughout 2020s. London, 20 November 2020:- The Clean Arctic Alliance today slammed the decision by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to approve a ban ridden with loopholes on the use and carriage of heavy fuel oil in the Arctic (HFO), saying that it would leave the Arctic, its Indigenous communities and its wildlife facing the risk of a HFO spill for another decade. Continue reading…

NGOs Urge IMO To Rethink Weak HFO Ban, Demand Stronger Arctic Protection

Monday, November 16, 2020:  As the first virtual meeting of the International Maritime Organization’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (IMO, MEPC 75) opens today, the Clean Arctic Alliance implored member states to amend and improve its draft ban on the use and carriage of heavy fuel oil (HFO) in the Arctic or risk implementing a “paper ban” – a weak regulation that will leave the Arctic exposed to greater danger from oil spills and black carbon pollution from HFO in the future, as shipping in the region increases. Continue reading…

Why the IMO’s draft Arctic HFO regulation will not protect the Arctic, and how to fix it

“It would be reasonably assumed that as a UN agency, the climate crisis alarm bells would be echoing throughout the IMO’s London headquarters. But currently this does not seem to be the case. The IMO, and its member state delegations, are in danger of making token gestures that sound good, but with minimal or no immediate changes required for the shipping industry, while providing little benefit for the future of our planet. Next week is an opportunity to put this right.” Dr Sian Prior on the problems with the International Maritime Organization’s ban on heavy fuel oil in the Arctic – and how it can be rectified. Continue reading…

MEPC75 Webinar: Why the IMO’s draft Arctic HFO regulation will not protect the Arctic, and how to fix it

Monday 16 November 2020 (on 1st day of MEPC 75 – the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee 75th session)

The Clean Arctic Alliance would like to invite you to an online event to present the reality and limitations of the draft Arctic HFO regulation prohibiting the use and carriage as fuel of HFO by ships in the Arctic, and why it is not fit for purpose and should be amended ahead of approval at the 75th session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 75).
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Clean Arctic Alliance Reaction to Norway’s Proposal for Arctic Ban on Polluting Heavy Fuel Oil in Svalbard

Monday November 9, 2020: Clean Arctic Alliance calls on IMO member states to agree on stronger ban of HFO in Arctic ahead of November MEPC75 meeting. Continue reading…

Arctic Sea Ice Crisis: World Leaders Must Cut Emissions to Curb Arctic Heating

Monday November 2, 2020: Clean Arctic Alliance demands greater ambition on heavy fuel oil ban ahead of IMO meeting and calls for Arctic black carbon cuts of 90% and global greenhouse gas emissions by 60% Continue reading…

A Ban in Name Only: Implications of the IMO’s Draft Heavy Fuel Oil Ban in the Arctic

Monday October 12, 2020: During the Clean Arctic Alliance webinar held on September 28, The IMO draft Arctic Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) regulation: A ban in name only?, the speakers explored the social and legal implications of the International Maritime Organization’s draft Arctic HFO regulation if adopted as currently drafted, and what it will mean for Arctic environmental protection. Continue reading…

Clean Arctic Alliance Slams Proposed Arctic Shipping Regulation as Full of Dangerous Loopholes

Thursday September 3, 2020: Proposed International Maritime Organization ban would allow exemptions and waivers resulting in 84% of Arctic shipping continuing to burn HFO in the Arctic, and permitting 70% of vessels to still carry HFO as fuel. Continue reading…

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HFO Free Arctic

The Clean Arctic Alliance is working for a ban on heavy fuel oil from Arctic shipping