Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Freight and Shipping Body Look to IMO for Formal Global Emissions Reporting System

Data Must be Global Not Just EU Based says GSF
Shipping News Feature

UK – WORLDWIDE – The eyes of many in the shipping sector will be turned next week to the offices on the International Maritime Organization (IMO) as members of the Marine Environment Protection Committee meet at MEPC67 to discuss emissions from ocean going vessels. The forthcoming meeting has prompted the Global Shippers’ Forum (GSF) to ask questions of the IMO as the ocean freight carriers come under pressure from shippers to publicise Scope 3 (indirect carbon emissions) data.

The GSF is calling for shippers’ carbon reporting requirements to be fully considered by the Committee as the maritime sector continues to develop technical and operational measures to reduce emissions and for progress to be made towards establishing a full and formal data collection system for ships to measure maritime emissions. The European Commission is already working on proposals for a monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) system from 2018 for all large ships that use EU ports and the GSF want the IMO to come up with a global system, for what is after all, a truly global industry. Chris Welsh, Secretary General of GSF said:

“Next week, we hope that the IMO’s special correspondence group taking this work forward will make further progress on a data collection system. A pragmatic and practical data collection system based where possible on actual fuel consumption and distance travelled will help identify where emissions need to be cut whilst assisting shippers in making carbon efficient supply chain decisions.

“Shippers are increasingly required to measure, evaluate and report the carbon impact of global goods transportation for their customers. A standardised global system developed will help meet these requirements. As IMO continues this work, it is vital that shippers’ views are factored into proposals and existing methodologies and tools that are already supported by industry are considered.”

GSF will attend MEPC 67 which runs from 13 to 17 October 2014 after publishing its Maritime Emissions Policy Briefing earlier this year, examining the latest developments with maritime emission policy debate and the important role of shippers in that debate.