Press Release: Commissioner Bulc in London for the start of shipping climate talks

Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc is today in London for the kick-off of a week of important talks within the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the UN-agency overseeing international shipping. The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) is meeting until Friday and is expected to adopt an initial strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping. The European Union and its Member States will be advocating an ambitious global emission reduction objective for the sector, which is consistent with the goals set by the Paris Agreement and with the Commission’s Communication “the Road from Paris”. The European Union is indeed fully committed to step up its climate diplomacy and collaboration with other partners in order to keep the momentum behind Paris implementation. This is the message that Commissioner Bulc will today deliver in a series of meetings with the Secretary General of the IMO, Mr Ki-Tack Lim, the Chairman of the MEPC, Mr Hideaki Saito, as well as with state parties, industry and non-governmental organisations. Beside climate change mitigation, the MEPC will alsoaddress, among other items, issues related to the energy efficiency of ships and the reduction of Sulphur content in marine fuels. (For more information: Enrico Brivio – Tel.: +32 229 56172; Alexis Perier – Tel.: +32 229 6 91 43)

Source: European Commission

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