Global Ports Support Ambitious IMO Greenhouse Gas Strategy
Bali, Indonesia, May 12, 2017 – Seaports all over the world wish to support and
contribute to the roadmap for developing a comprehensive IMO strategy on the
reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from ships and facilitate the shipping
and port industry in all possible ways to curb their GHG emissions.
This is the essence of the resolution adopted this morning by the International
Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) at the conclusion of its 30th World Ports
Conference, held in Bali, Indonesia. Using its consultative status within IMO, IAPH
decided to co-sponsor a submission by Germany and other parties for the next session
of the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) to be held in July this
year. This submission calls for a quantified global emissions pathway for shipping to
set the level of ambition of the initial IMO strategy, which is to be decided in 2018. The
objective is that emissions should start declining as soon as possible and reduce
towards zero in the second half of the century, in line with the Paris climate goals.
IAPH took leadership on climate change early in the process with the World Ports
Climate Initiative that was established in 2008", said IAPH President Santiago Garcia
Mila, "Ports worldwide are at the crossroads of land based and maritime industries
and are vulnerable to the effects of climate change, such as the rise of sea level and
extreme weather conditions. This is why we are keen to see an ambitious IMO GHG
strategy in place as soon as possible and want to do everything to help the shipping
industry and Member States in achieving this objective.
IAPH further decided this morning to integrate the World Ports Climate Initiative in a
wider World Ports Sustainability Programme, that will extend the scope from climate
action to the full range of sustainable port development challenges the industry is
facing. Further, it will engage regional port associations and international port-related
organisations. The new programme will be launched officially in Antwerp, during a
two-day conference to be held 22-23 March next year.
For further information, please contact:
- Peter Mollema, Vice-President IAPH
- Tel + 31 6 22 90 40 66