The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), representing the world’s national shipowners’ associations and over 80 percent of the world merchant fleet, at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 23) in Bonn this week share its vision for zero CO2 emission from shipping in the second half of this century. ICS says its vision might be delivered with batteries or fuel cells using renewable energy, other new technologies such as hydrogen or even something not yet anticipated.
In the meantime, the shipping industry has proposed that IMO Member States should adopt a suitably ambitious goal for reducing total emissions from the entire international shipping sector by an agreed percentage by 2050. ICS is pleased that a large number of IMO Member States have already come forward with detailed proposals. Several EU and Pacific island nations have jointly proposed that the sector should reduce total CO2 by as much as 70 percent by 2050.