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ICS on CO2: reporting before indexing

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) is urging the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to focus on developing a global CO2 reporting system before looking into efficiency indexing of ships.

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The IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), which starts on 31 March, will seek to make progress on the development of a global system of monitoring and reporting of CO2 emissions from ships.

ICS says that it would support a global reporting system, provided that the mechanism is simple to administer and is primarily based on fuel consumption.

It is currently opposed to the IMO developing a mandatory system of energy indexing for existing ships. That question “should be left open until after a mandatory CO2 emissions reporting system has been established, trialled, and the results evaluated,” said Simon Bennett, ICS director External Relations.

“The successful development of a global system will require the support of all IMO Member States, including nations such as China. In order to make progress and discourage regional regulation, we think that the MEPC should initially focus on how information about emissions should be collected before launching into detailed discussions about efficiency indexing of ships, on which there is little global consensus.”

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