Climate – Adoption by the International Maritime Organization of an initial strategy to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of ships (13 April 2018)

France welcomes the adoption by the International Maritime Organization, on April 13, of a strategy to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of ships. It had been working on this for several years and, during the One Planet Summit on December 12, 2017, had joined with the Marshall Islands in proposing a declaration to this effect, supported by 48 nations.

This strategy places maritime transport on the road to reducing carbon intensity by at least 40% by 2030, with a view to a 70% reduction by 2050 and an absolute reduction in the volume of emissions of at least 50% in 2050 compared with 2008 levels.

This is an important step in the decarbonization of international shipping and is consistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement and the mobilization of concerned industries to meet those goals.

International shipping currently emits as much as the sixth-largest global emitter. If nothing had been done, these emissions could have increased by 50% to 250% by 2050. Now we can be optimistic that that won’t happen.