Climate gets no go at IMO
It would appear that the wishes of some delegations and NGOs that the IMO would ignore the decision to exclude shipping as a separate entity at COP21 and agree concrete action for the industry have been thwarted at MEPC69 this week.
In Paris last year COP21 ended with an agreement under which all nations committed themselves to take action to reduce emissions in the future but decided that international transport should not be treated as a separate entity with a target of its own. It could be argued that the attempts by national delegations at MEPC 69 to push for shipping to set itself targets would actually have been against the spirit of the COP21 agreement. It remains a possibility for any nation that wishes to impose targets or even limit emissions for vessels under its flag to do just that but of course none will.