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Comments on document MEPC 75/10/Add.1, paragraph 3.5 on draft amendments to MARPOL Annex I to incorporate a prohibition on the use and carriage for use as fuel of heavy fuel oil by ships in Arctic waters

MEPC 75/10/7: Comments on document MEPC 75/10/Add.1, paragraph 3.5 on draft amendments to MARPOL Annex I to incorporate a prohibition on the use and carriage for use as fuel of heavy fuel oil by ships in Arctic waters

In response to document MEPC 75/10/Add.1, the co-sponsors raise concerns about the impact and effectiveness of the draft prohibition on the use and carriage for use as fuel of heavy fuel oil (HFO) by ships in Arctic waters. Recently published work indicates that only 30% of HFO carriage and 16% of HFO use would be banned when the regulation comes into effect, and that it is likely that the amount of HFO carried and used in the Arctic will increase following the ban taking effect.

Comments on document MEPC 75/10/Add.1, paragraph 3.4, on reducing the impact on the Arctic of Black Carbon emissions from international shipping

MEPC 75/10/6: Pollution Prevention and Response: Comments on document MEPC 75/10/Add.1, paragraph 3.4, on reducing the impact on the Arctic of Black Carbon emissions from international shipping

In response to documents MEPC 75/10/Add.1 and MEPC 75/7/15 and in light of the crisis unfolding in the Arctic, along with the fact that Black Carbon emissions from shipping continue to grow both globally and in the Arctic, the co-sponsors propose the development and adoption of an MEPC Black Carbon resolution. The resolution would set out recommended interim measures pending completion of IMO work to identify and implement one or more Black Carbon abatement measures. The annex includes elements that should be considered for inclusion in such a resolution.

Reduction of GHG Emissions from Ships: Fourth IMO GHG Study 2020 – Final report

MEPC 75/7/15: Reduction of GHG Emissions from Ships: Fourth IMO GHG Study 2020 – Final report

Highlights The greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions – including carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O), expressed in CO2e – of total shipping (international, domestic and fishing) have increased from 977 million tonnes in 2012 to 1,076 million tonnes in 2018 (9.6% increase). In 2012, 962 million tonnes were CO2 emissions, while in 2018 this amount grew 9.3% to 1,056 million tonnes of CO2 emissions. The share of shipping emissions in global anthropogenic emissions has increased from 2.76% in 2012 to 2.89% in 2018. Under a new voyage-based allocation of international shipping, CO2emissions have also increased over this same period from 701 million tonnes in 2012 to 740 million… Read More »MEPC 75/7/15: Reduction of GHG Emissions from Ships: Fourth IMO GHG Study 2020 – Final report

The need for urgent action to stop the use of blended very low sulphur fuels leading to increases in ship-source Black Carbon globally

MEPC 75/5/5: The need for urgent action to stop the use of blended very low sulphur fuels leading to increases in ship-source Black Carbon globally

This document, submitted to MEPC75 by FOEI, WWF, Pacific Environment and CSC  responds to a recent study showing that new blended low sulphur residual fuels designed to meet the IMO 2020 mandated 0.50% global sulphur limit will result in very significant increases in ships’ Black Carbon emissions, reflects on the implications of this for shipping’s contribution to the climate crisis and calls on IMO to regulate to stop their use.

The need for an urgent switch to distillates for ships operating in the Arctic

MEPC 75/5/4: Air Pollution Prevention – The need for an urgent switch to distillates for ships operating in the Arctic

This document, submitted to MEPC75 by Submitted by FOEI, WWF, Pacific Environment and CSC discusses the implications for the Arctic of a recent study indicating that blended low sulphur residual fuels that have been developed to meet the IMO 2020 sulphur limit requirement will result in a significant increase in Black Carbon emissions, and calls on IMO to mandate an urgent switch to distillates for ships operating in the Arctic to avoid a sharp rise in emissions of short-lived climate forcers in this vulnerable area

PPR 7/8/3: The need for an urgent switch to distillates for ships operating in the Arctic

PPR 7/8/3: The need for an urgent switch to distillates for ships operating in the Arctic

Submitted by to PPR7/8 by FOEI, WWF, Pacific Environment and CSC. This document discusses the implications for the Arctic of a recent study indicating that blended low sulphur residual fuels that have been developed to meet the IMO 2020 requirement will result in a significant increases in Black Carbon emissions, and calls on the IMO to mandate an urgent switch to distillates for ships operating in the Arctic to avoid a sharp rise in emissions of short-lived climate forcers in this vulnerable area.Download document (pdf): PPR 7/8/3: The need for an urgent switch to distillates for ships operating in the Arctic

Comments on document PPR 7/14/4, "Draft language for a ban of use and carriage of heavy fuel oil as fuel by ships in Arctic waters"

PPR 7/14/6: Comments on document PPR 7/14/4, “Draft language for a ban of use and carriage of heavy fuel oil as fuel by ships in Arctic waters”

This document sets out the views of the co-sponsors on document PPR 7/14/4, “Draft language for a ban of use and carriage of heavy fuel oil as fuel by ships in Arctic waters”. The co-sponsors support the process outlined in document PPR 7/14/4 but do not agree that delays or exemptions to a ban are necessary.