New York

28 October 2016

Statement Attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the International Maritime Organization’s Actions to Limit Carbon Emissions

Secretary-General welcomes the steps agreed upon today by the members of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to address greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping.
This includes efforts to limit sulphur emissions, a mandatory data system for fuel consumption; strengthened implementation of energy-efficiency regulations; and a road map for developing by 2023 a comprehensive IMO strategy on reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from ships.
Welcoming these important steps, the Secretary-General calls for urgent and ambitious action to limit the greenhouse gas emissions from global shipping.  Emissions from maritime transport are projected to rise significantly given the critical role that shipping plays in the global economy.
The Secretary-General calls on IMO members in partnership with the maritime industry to promote further progress on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from ships to contribute to the objective of the Paris Agreement on climate change, which enters into force on 4 November 2016