The strategy adopted in April 2018 aims to reduce the
shipping industry’s emissions by at least 50 pct by 2050 compared to 2008.
The follow-up program
is intended to be used as a planning tool in meeting the timelines
identified in the initial IMO strategy, which includes a range of candidate
short-, mid- and long term measures yet to be considered.
Short-term measures could be finalized and agreed between
2018 and 2023; mid-term measures, between 2023 and 2030; and long-term
measures, beyond 2030.
Feeding in to the process towards adoption of a revised
Strategy in 2023 will be the data collection system on fuel oil consumption of
ships over 5,000 gross tons, which begins on 1 January 2019; and a fourth IMO
GHG study, to be initiated in the first half of 2019.
IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim said the program of follow
up actions “sets a clear signal on how to further progress the matter of
reduction of GHG emissions from ships up to 2023.”
“The planning exercise to implement the Initial Strategy up
to 2023 is now behind us. It is time to take a step further. In looking at the
agreed program of follow-up actions, I understand that you have a heavy
workload ahead,” he said.
“I am convinced that, in re-doubling your efforts and with
enhanced support from working arrangements, you will be able to deliver and
even accelerate the pace of actions and tackle this immense and global
The committee invited concrete proposals on candidate
short-term measures to the next committee session, MEPC 74 (May 2019), for
consideration, as well as on the procedure for assessing the impacts on states;
and also on candidate mid/long-term measures to MEPC 74 and MEPC 75.
A working group is set to meet during the current MEPC
session to discuss the scope of the planned Fourth IMO GHG Study. The working
group is expected to report back to the plenary session at the end of the week.