The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has welcomed the historic achievement of the 2015 Paris Climate Change conference (COP21) which has resulted in a clear goal of “holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels.”
IMO, the only organization to have adopted energy-efficiency measures, had contributed to global GHG reduction to support global efforts to mitigate the impact of climate change.
IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu said, “The Paris Agreement represents remarkable progress and builds on the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, which itself was a significant step forward. The strong commitment of IMO as the regulator of the shipping industry to continue work to address GHG emissions from ships engaged in international trade.”
By 2025, all new ships will be 30% more energy-efficient than those built last year. Continuing efforts will include development of a global data collection system for ship’s fuel consumption and consideration of a total-sector reduction target for GHG emissions from international shipping.
As a facilitator of global commerce international shipping is indispensable to the world and IMO Member Governments, observer organizations and wider civil society will continue to drive the progress made in Paris.