EUROPE: UK Ports urge MEPC to keep eyes on the prize

As the 74th Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) takes place in London this week, the British Ports Association has urged International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) members to maintain a long-term focus on the ‘ultimate prize’ of ‘near zero emission shipping’ and not be distracted by ‘gimmicks or convenient short term solutions that delay meaningful action’.

In a statement issued yesterday (13 May), Richard Ballantyne, Chief Executive of the British Ports Association, said: ‘The IMO has set robust greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) targets in an effort to avoid catastrophic climate change and it is important that these targets are now met with decisive action. Shipping remains by far the most efficient way to move freight around the planet and supports growth in our offshore renewable energy generation. Ports and shipping are very much part of the solution, rather than part of the problem. In the UK, shipping can help take less efficient trucks off our roads, easing congestion, lowering greenhouse gas emissions and improving air quality. At a global level, tackling air emissions in a meaningful, long term manner ultimately will require cleaner fuels and significant barriers remain to realising these goals.’

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