IMO to introduce global CO2 data collection

The IMO Marine Environment Committee (MEPC) has taken steps towards the adoption of a global CO2 data collection system.

Once the amendment to the MARPOL Convention enters into force, all ships over 5,000GT will be required to provide information on CO2 emissions via their flag states.
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) said that once the system is adopted, IMO Member States will be in a better position to consider the development of additional COreduction measures and respond to the Paris Agreement on climate change.
“Most of the details have been agreed, including the important fact that CO2 reporting will be mandatory. We are confident that the IMO system will be fully adopted at the next MEPC meeting in October,” said ICS Secretary General, Peter Hinchliffe.
The IMO will now have to persuade the European Union to adjust its unilateral regulation on the reporting and verification of individual ship emissions to make it compatible with what has now been agreed at IMO.
“While this may be an uphill struggle, we have been encouraged by the constructive attitude taken by EU member states this week, as well as those other nations that initially had concerns about the decision to make the IMO system mandatory,” added Hinchliffe.
Credit: Baird Maritime