IMO opens meeting to define shipping emissions strategy Ship’s crew


By Jonathan Saul

LONDON, July 3 (Reuters) – UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday called At the crucial shipping talks in London this week, they called for an agreement to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and urged decarbonization efforts to accelerate.

According to a diplomatic note from Beijing, however, China is pushing back on the targets.

Shipping, which carries around 90% of world trade and is responsible for nearly 3% of global carbon emissions, is facing calls from environmentalists and investors to take more concrete action, including a carbon tax.

“I urge you to leave London after agreeing on a greenhouse gas strategy that commits the sector to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050 at the latest,” Guterres said in a recorded speech.

“And that includes ambitious, science-based targets from 2030 – both for the absolute reduction of emissions and for the use of clean fuels.”

Guterres said such targets “provide the certainty that the industry and investors need.”

The member countries of the UN shipping organization International Maritime Organization (IMO) are meeting in London this week. They will adopt an improved greenhouse gas emissions strategy, the specific details of which are currently being discussed.

In addition, there are also suggestions for a Tax on global carbon dioxide emissions from shipping.

The IMO has so far pledged to halve greenhouse gas emissions from ships by 2050 from 2008 levels – a commitment that falls short of EU and US plans to reach net-zero emissions by that date.

According to a note seen by Reuters issued by China and distributed to developing countries, Beijing said, “Developed countries are pushing the IMO to unrealistic visions and ambitions, demanding in particular the international shipping industry to achieve life-cycle zero GHG emissions. “By 2050 at the latest”.

The statement went on to say that China is opposed to using “receipts from the shipping sector for general climate change adaptation purposes.”

When asked to confirm the note, first reported by the Financial Times, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin told reporters in Beijing on Monday that China believes the IMO “considers different national conditions” and ” take into account the justified concerns of the development “should countries”.

(Additional reporting by Martin Pollard in Beijing and Emma Farge in Geneva; Editing by Christina Fincher)

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