Tuesday 27th Sep 2016 - Logistics Manager

Ocean freight emissions could increase 250pc

Carbon emissions from international maritime shipping could increase by 250 per cent if left unchecked, according to the Global Shippers Forum (GSF), following an assessment by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).

The GSF says that present carbon emissions from international maritime shipping make up 2.2 per cent of the global total, but left unchecked could increase by as much as 250 per cent in the period to 2050.

Chris Welsh, GSF secretary general, noted the need for shippers’ views to be taken into account as the IMO takes steps to address how shipping can reduce emissions and the EU starts to look at the technical details of its proposed MRV regulation.

“Shipping already offers a high carbon efficient mode for transporting goods, carrying approximately 90 per cent of all world trade,” said Welsh. “However, it is predicted to grow significantly in pace with world trade and currently has no regulatory mechanism to restrain the future growth of greenhouse gas emissions.”

Welsh went on to say that he believes methodology developed for measuring, reporting and verifying carbon emissions should be used by the EU and IMO as a starting point for their regulatory initiatives.

The GSF has participated in the last three Marine Environment Protection Committee meetings to raise the profile of shippers.