The critical role of IMO member states at MEPC 80

Published — June 21, 2023

A call for ambitious action from the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping

In July, at MEPC 80, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) will review its initial GHG strategy from 2018, presenting a unique opportunity to increase shipping’s decarbonization ambitions.

At the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping (the Center), our mission is to accelerate and set the course for sustainable decarbonization of the global maritime industry by 2050. Together with our partners, we work to find decarbonization solutions and we call for the entire maritime industry to fully phase out greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050.

This document outlines our call to policymakers ahead of MEPC 80, including:

Committing to ambitious decarbonization targets for 2030, 2040, and 2050, aligned with IPCC 1.5°C system requirements.

  • This means emissions must peak before 2025, decline by 45% by 2030 with respect to 2010, reach net zero by 2050, and continue to reach net negative CO2 levels to compensate for historic emissions.

Supporting the new decarbonization targets with targeted interventions.

  • To achieve the goal of net zero emissions on a lifecycle basis industry by 2050: The IMO member states must commit to a timeline for enforcing a combination of mid-term measures such as carbon pricing and fuel standards for GHG as soon as possible, but no later than 2028.
  • To achieve ambitious decarbonization targets for 2030 and 2040: In addition to introducing mid-term measures this decade, the IMO member states must must agree on a timeline to further strenghten short-term measures to stimulate and speed up alternative fuel production and energy efficiency technologies onboard new and existing vessels.
  • To support the complete decarbonization journey: The IMO member states must adopt the guidelines on life cycle GHG intensity of marine fuels (LCA Guidelines) developed by the correspondence group and update the Data Collection System (DCS) with more data granularity and transparency.

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