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IMO CO2 Plan Blocked, but Emissions Monitoring Approved

Posted on April 25, 2016

The IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 69) meeting in London did not reach agreement on a work plan for developing carbon emissions regulation, advocates said Thursday.

Many industry groups and member states have called for addressing CO2 emissions within the International Maritime Organization’s regulatory authority, and the negotiators at this year’s COP21 climate discussions in Paris agreed, leaving shipping’s carbon emissions up to IMO.

However, at the MEPC meeting this week, a small group of states – advocates pointed to the BRICS nations, notably China – were set against developing any plan for regulating greenhouse gas emissions. Despite public support from many developed nations and from a majority of the member states at the meeting, and despite an intervention by IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim, the discussion of a work plan ended without agreement.


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