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October 23, 2020

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Agreed with the International Maritime Organization further measures to reduce the intensity of carbon emissions carbon produced by ships

Platten (ICS): This agreement shows the world that the maritime sector has taken the right path to achieve the IMO's ambitious CO2 reduction targets

Today, at the end of a week of work in videoconferencing, the intersectorial working group International Maritime Organization (IMO) on the reduction of greenhouse gases produced by maritime transport agreed further measures to reduce the intensity of carbon emissions carbon of ships currently in service. The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) welcomed the package of measures additional for the reduction of CO2 generated by the world fleet existing with an agreement - noted the shipowners' association international law - which includes legally binding measures to ensure a 40% reduction in carbon intensity on the entire global fleet by 2030, compared to 2008, and which is a key springboard for achieving the 100% decarbonization as soon as possible after 2050. The ICS expressed confidence in the formal adoption of this new package of technical and operational regulations by the of the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), which is will meet next month, so that it can enter into in 2023.

The ICS specified that the new IMO agreement provides a framework for regulatory framework for a range of technical and operational measures of co2 reduction supported by a global application system amendments to Annex VI to the MARPOL Convention: the Energy Efficiency Existing Ship Index (EEXI), a measure technology based on objectives similar to the EEDI (Energy Efficiency Design Index), mandatory for new ships since 2013; the "Super SEEMP" concept, originally proposed by ics in 2019, according to which the use of the already mandatory Ship Energy Management Plan Efficiency Management Plan) will be subject to rigorous audits and legal certification. Similar to the philosophy of International Code for The Safe Management of Ships and pollution prevention (ISM Code) - mandatory throughout the sector in the last 20 years - ships will be required to prove that all possible has been done, as established in the SEEMP, in order to improve the operational efficiency of the fuel; agreement for the development of intensity indicators (CII) for different types and sizes of ship, such as complement to EEXI and Super SEEMP, using a system of AE classification of operational efficiency to be existing ships from 2023.

"It is important to stress - he explained in a notes the ICS - that the IMO agreement includes a classification system Mandatory A-E which will greatly incentivize shipowners to improve their co2 emission efficiency, being ship charterers much more likely to high-rated ships, while D-rated or E-rated ships could face serious negative consequences unless improve their performance."

"The IMO agreement- recalled the International Chamber of Shipping - following the publication, in August 2020, of the fourth study on greenhouse gases showing that the intensity of CO2 of international maritime transport has improved by about 30% between 2008 and 2018. Total gas emissions greenhouse effect from maritime transport in 2018 decreased by 7% compared to 2008, despite a 40% increase in trade maritime union at the same time.'

"The new agreement - highlighted the ICS - demonstrates the capacity of the IMO, as a global regulator sector, to achieve binding targets to reduce the emissions from ships in line with the Paris Agreement.' Referring - without mentioning them - to the initiatives taken unilaterally by the European Union to limit emissions produced by ships, the International Chamber of Shipping has stressed that 'the maritime industry is an industry global rules' and specified that "any alternative would produce a chaotic mosaic of conflicting regional and national CO2 reduction schemes, that would derail the ongoing negotiations to eliminate the global emissions of the sector through a regulatory framework the global dimension.'

"This agreement, made by governments," said the General Secretary of the ICS, Guy Platten - shows the world that the maritime sector has taken the right path to achieve the IMO's ambitious CO2 reduction targets and, ultimately, to be a zero-emission sector. The Will governments to cooperate and reach consensus, despite the difficulties arising from the virtual encounter, it must be appreciated, and we are pleased that the proposals supported by ICS, in cooperation with a wide range of governments on all aspects of the debate, form a central part of the agreement. Industry needs certainty and this agreement provides a clear signal about the investments we need to make to reduce further our emissions and eventually become a sector with zero emissions.'

"The ICS- continued Platten - is fully committed to a zero-CO2 future. While the important today's agreement aims to ensure that the existing fleet meets the 2030 target, the ICS is also committed to decarbonising the 100% after 2050. This is the reason for the ICS, in cooperation with other shipowners' associations, has recalled - presented a detailed proposal to the IMO for a five billion dollar fund, which will be funded industry, in order to accelerate the development of research into zero-carbon technologies and why the decarbonisation continues to be a key objective of the ICS regardless of the interruption caused by, Covid-19».

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