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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

What it is Heavy Fuel Oil? And why is is bad?

What is Heavy Fuel Oil? And why is it bad?

The use of heavy fuel oil by ships crossing the Arctic creates the risk of a catastrophic spill – which would be practically impossible to clean up. Worse still, when heavy fuel oil (HFO ) is burned in ship’s engines, the black carbon emitted falls onto Arctic snow or ice.

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.