Oxfam, WWF and the International Chamber of Shipping today called jointly for clear guidance on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from ships. The organizations maintain that an effective regulatory framework must be global in nature, while taking full account of the best interests of developing countries and the UNFCCC principle of “common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities”.
The organizations endorsed the possibility of a compensation mechanism through which a significant share of any revenues collected from international shipping could be directed to developing countries and provide a new source of finance to support their efforts to tackle climate change, through an appropriate channel such as the Green Climate Fund.
They called on governments meeting at COP 17 in Durban not to work on technical details, but to provide the signals needed to allow resolution of key political questions in order to expedite an agreement on shipping emissions at the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
Samantha Smith, Leader of WWF’s Global Climate and Energy Initiative, said:
“We are very pleased that the shipping industry acknowledges its responsibility to play its part in further reducing greenhouse gas emissions. We agree with shipowners that the best place to work out the details will be at the International Maritime Organization, and that a strong political signal by political leaders in Durban will help accelerate that process.”
Tim Gore, Oxfam climate change policy advisor, said:
“We welcome the constructive engagement of the shipping industry in the search for solutions to the climate crisis. Industry and civil society actors agree that shipping emissions can be regulated in a way which is fair to developing countries and could help generate the resources they need to tackle climate change. Governments in Durban must give the signal needed to move such a deal forward in the International Maritime Organization.”
ICS Secretary General, Peter Hinchliffe, said:
“The shipping industry welcomes the recognition by these important actors from the environment and development fields that it is in the best interests of both the environment and developing nations for shipping to be regulated via our industry regulator, the International Maritime Organization, with the same rules for carbon reduction applying to all internationally trading ships, but in a manner which respects the principles of the UN climate convention.
“If governments decide that shipping should contribute to the UNFCCC Green Climate Fund, the industry can probably support this in principle as long as the details are agreed at the IMO, with the industry’s clear preference being a compensation fund linked to the fuel consumption of ships, rather than an emissions trading scheme.”
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For more information:
Oxfam: Ben Grossman-Cohen, *protected email*
WWF: Ian Morrison, *protected email*
ICS: Simon Bennett, *protected email*