IMO brings forward ship greenhouse gas targets

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has agreed to accelerate greenhouse gas reduction requirements for new ships, while its failure to take other action on climate has been compared to ‘rearranging deckchairs on the Titanic’.

Its Marine Environment Protection Committee met in London last week. It decided that Phase 3 of its Energy Efficiency Design Index will go ahead from 2022, requiring newly-built container ships to be 50% more efficient than a baseline figure, compared to 30% by 2025. Carriers of bulk cargo and liquefied natural gas, alongside diesel-electric cruise ships will have a 30% target. However, these requirements are already exceeded by some ships.

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