Shipping urged to help curb climate change

New Zealand is urging International Maritime Organization (IMO) member states to work towards reducing shipping emissions in line with the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

A recent report by the OECD’s International Transport Forum shows that there are practical steps that can be taken now to reduce shipping emissions and shipping could be almost carbon free by 2035.

The New Zealand statement asked that the IMO adopts a workable and effective strategy to bring rising greenhouse gas emissions from shipping under control.

It says measures should be implemented as soon as possible and should apply all ships equally, regardless of which state a ship is registered in.

New Zealand signed the Tony de Brum declaration at the One Planet Summit held in Paris last December, confirming that international shipping must play a part in global climate action.

Read more on the New Zealand statement to the IMO